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Record UK visitor numbers to Israel

Record UK visitor numbers to Israel

The Israel Government Tourist Office has announced an all time record in increased visitor numbers for May 2013.

Visitors from the United Kingdom rose 21 per cent to 21,277 from 17,566 when compared to May 2012 and five per cent when comparing the first five months of 2013 against 2012 to 90,162 from 85,523.

Naama Oryan-Kaplan, director, UK & Ireland, IGTO said: “It is exciting to see that the IGTO efforts within the UK market has seen a dramatic increase compared with the same period in 2012 and is set to continue with the open skies agreement which was signed earlier this year.

“With the many marketing campaigns we have planned, we are confident the UK market will continue to recognise that Israel is a destination which offers a world renowned tourism product.” 

Overall, Israel has seen an increase of five per cent in visitor number across the globe in May 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 and nine per cent increase when compared with 2011.

Since the beginning of 2013 the country has received 1.4 million visitors, representing another record increase for the January to May period.

Israeli tourism minister Uzi Landau said: “Tourism is an essential economic growth engine for the economy – it creates jobs in cities and the periphery and generates about NIS 30 billion (approximately £5.28 billion) every year.”