Tourist overnight stays: In 2022, there was a certain recovery in tourist overnight stays, which reached 7.1 million overnight stays, but this is still a 41% decrease compared to 2019 (before the COVID-19 crisis). The total overnight stays by tourists amounted to approximately 23 million, a decrease of 11% compared to 2019.


The overnight stays of the Israelis: totaled approximately 15.9 million overnight stays, an increase of 8% compared to 2021 and an increase of 16% compared to 2019. This is a record number of overnight stays by Israelis with an increase of approximately 1.2 million overnight stays compared to 2021 and an increase of approximately 2.2 million compared to 2019.


Total overnight stays: amounted to about 23 million – an increase of about 40% compared to 2021 and a decrease of 11% compared to 2019.


The national room occupancy: The average national occupancy amounted to 60% compared to 37% in 2021 and approximately 70% in 2019. The highest occupancy in 2022 was recorded in Eilat: about 70%, Herzliya with about 68%, the Dead Sea with about 63%, Tel Aviv and Haifa: with about 60% each. In areas biased towards incoming tourism, the occupancy rates were lower than average: Netanya with about 57%, Jerusalem with about 54%, Tiberias with about 53% and Nazareth with about 48%.


The Israel hotel association stated: “Israeli overnight stays were the lifeline of the tourism industry in Israel, which is still far from recovering from the damage of the COVID-19 epidemic. Thanks to the Israeli tourists, the hotel industry ended the year 2022 with a decrease of only 11% in total overnight stays compared to 2019. It should be noted that the State of Israel is among the few countries in the Mediterranean basin that have not yet managed to reduce the gap in inbound tourism compared to 2019. 2023 has the potential to be a significant year in inbound tourism and lead to an increase in the number of tourists assuming that the VAT exemption for foreign tourists will not be canceled, as mentioned in an international campaign of the Ministry of Tourism that will be launched these days”.