The Israel Ministry of Tourism reports its participation in the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) Congressional Caucus in Washington D.C. last month as a lead-up to next year's USTOA out-of-country board meeting in Israel.
During the conference, the Israel Ministry of Tourism said it spearheaded several meetings with US congressional staff with the goal of making tourism to Israel more accessible for American travelers.
"We are tremendously excited about the increasing partnership between the Israel Ministry of Tourism and leading US tour operators," said Haim Gutin, Israel commissioner for tourism, North and South America. "We hope Israel's unique combination of historical sites and modern attractions will continue to inspire travelers to visit Israel in the years to come."
600,000 US travelers visited Israel in 2011, the largest source for incoming tourism to Israel, the Ministry reports.