Israel Reports Tourism Gains

Tourism to Israel set a new high in November 2011 with the arrival of 315,000 travelers, a 2 percent increase compared to November 2010. Also, 3.1 million travelers have arrived in Israel since the beginning of 2011, a 1 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
"Israel remains on pace with last year's record-breaking numbers despite regional turmoil and economic crises around the world," says Haim Gutin, Israel commissioner for tourism, North and South America. "With the addition of new hotels, modern attractions and expanded flight options, we anticipate this increase in tourism to the Holy Land to continue in 2012 and beyond."

Cruise travel to Israel also saw a 40 percent increase between January and November 2011 with the arrival of 212,000 travelers.