The number of tourist overnight stays is still 36% lower than they were before the COVID-19 epidemic, in the corresponding month of 2019.
The reduction in the hotel occupancy gap compared to 2019 is mainly thanks to Israeli overnight stays, which still continue to be higher than in 2019.
A total of about 2.1 million overnight stays were recorded in June 2022 – a 5% decrease compared to June 2019, of which approximately 1.5 million were Israeli overnight stays, a decrease of 8% compared to June 2021 and an increase of 18% compared to June 2019.
Tourist overnight stays totaled approximately 643 thousand – a decrease of 36% compared to June 2019. The national average occupancy amounted to approximately 68% compared to 52% in June 2021 and 73% in June 2019.
The highest occupancy was recorded in Eilat, about 81%, an increase of 5% compared to 2019. In Herzliya, an occupancy of about 78% was recorded, a decrease of 2% compared to June 2019. In Tel Aviv, occupancy was 72%, a decrease of 16% compared to June 2019.
Netanya recorded an occupancy of 69%, an increase of 6% compared to June 2019. In the Dead Sea, an occupancy of about 68% was recorded, unchanged compared to June 2019. In Haifa, an occupancy of about 66% was recorded, a decrease of 6% compared to June 2019.
In Tiberias, an occupancy of about 61% was recorded, a decrease of 10% compared to June 2019. In Jerusalem, an occupancy rate of about 59% was recorded, a decrease of 19% compared to June 2019. In Nazareth, an occupancy rate of about 47% was recorded, a decrease of 35% compared to June 2019. In the guesthouses in the HaGalil, occupancy was about 68% and in the Kinneret area about 74% occupancy.
The Israel hotel association responded: “The Israeli public continued to express confidence in the local hotel industry and thanks to this, the upward trend in hotel stays continues. At the same time, the recovery of inbound tourism is still slow compared to 2019, and we anticipate that the flow of inbounds will increase significantly by the end of the year. We believe that investment in the campaign and marketing of Israel to the world, will able to bring the tourists back here in the numbers we knew in 2019, as early as 2023”.