According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, approximately 389,000 tourist entries were recorded in November 2018, 9% more than November 2017 and 35% more than November 2016. 3.8 million tourist entries have been recorded in Israel in the period January – November 2018, an increase of about 14% compared to the same period last year. Revenue from tourism in November exceeded NIS 2.1 billion.

Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin commented on the successful growth in tourism. “The month of November continues the record-breaking momentum in incoming tourism to Israel and leads us towards unprecedented end of year statistics. We have achieved the goals we set for ourselves and I believe we will reach 4 million tourists by the end of the year – an all-time record. This week we also learned that Jerusalem is the leading global city in terms of visitor growth with an annual increase of nearly 40 percent in visitors. This is also a direct result of our marketing activities. We will continue to prove that, with hard work and intensive marketing, it is possible to transform Israel into an attractive tourist destination and, as a result, an incredible agent for economic growth.”

November tourist entries in thousands 2010-2018

  • 327,000 tourist entries were by air, 7% more than November 2017 and 29% more than November 2016.
  • 61,500 tourists arrived via the land crossings, 21.5% more than in November 2017 and 80% more than in November 2016.
  • 30,500 arrived as day visitors in November, 5% more than November 2017 and 57% more than in 2016.