• 2017 was a record year for incoming tourism, with about 3.6 million tourists and over $5 billion in revenue from incoming tourism alone.
  • 91% of tourists ranked their visit to Israel as very good or excellent.
  • Israel has seen an increase in the number of weekly flights into Eilat as a result of subsidies from the Ministry of Tourism.
  • 18 routes including Hainan Airlines, Lot, Ryanair, Wizz Air and WOW opened from new destinations into Ben Gurion Airport, with financial support from the Tourism Ministry.
  • A new route to Tel Aviv opened from Shanghai and Israel saw a 46% increase in tourism from China over the last year.
  • Leading source countries for incoming tourism: USA, Russia, France, Germany and UK.
  • Most visited sites in Israel (in descending order): Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dead Sea, Tiberias, Sea of Galilee area and Galilee.

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