It looks like this year will be another tourism whopper for Israel.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 440,000 tourist entries were recorded in May 2019, 11.1% more than May 2018 and 26.8% more than May 2017. In the period January – May 2019, 1.899 million tourist entries were recorded, as opposed to 1.753 million in the same period last year, an increase of 8.3%

The main points are:

  • 11% increase in tourist entries in May 2019, compared to May 2018
  • Revenue from tourism for May 2.1 billion shekel
  • 440,000 tourists entered Israel in May 2019

In addition:

• 383,200 tourist entries arrived by air, 11.3% more than May 2018 and 26.6% more than May 2017
• 56,600 tourists arrived via the land crossings, 9.7% more than May 2018 and 27.9% more than May 2017
• 25,800 arrived as day visitors in May 2019, as opposed to 25,000 in May 208 and 23,500 in May 2017
• Revenue from tourism reached 2.1 billion shekel in May, and about 9.7 billion shekel in the period January – May 2019

Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin said, “The May 2019 tourism statistics continue the consistent upward momentum and record-breaking trend in incoming tourism to Israel. As a continuation of the growth trend, we are also developing infrastructures and I am pleased that the National Infrastructure Committee has today approved the cable-car project in Jerusalem that will greatly enhance the tourist experience.”