Increase in tourist numbers, new hotel openings, renovations and more

NEW YORK, July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has announced that the number of tourist arrivals, for the first time in more than two years, is approaching the record numbers of summer 2019. This upward trend follows the reopening of the country to international travelers regardless of their vaccination status in March.

“We are delighted that travelers from all over the world are eager to visit Israel Again; since our full reopening to all travellers, we have seen an influx of visitors,” said Eyal CarlinTourism Commissioner of North America. “With new hotels, restorations and renovations at many historic sites, new tour offerings and new restaurants in every region, we are seeing demand for tours Israel is very high – and with all the amazing things to do in Israelthere has never been a better time to visit.”

Since March of this year, the ministry has seen exponential month-to-month growth, and the country expects to return to pre-COVID 2019 numbers very soon. In June 2022, Israel seen 112.7k North American tourists (excluding day visitors and cruise passengers) while in June 2019 there were approximately 131.8k North American tourists who have entered the country.

“It’s exciting to see the continued growth in travel to Israel of the Canadian market,” said Gal Hana, Chief Legal Officer of Canada for the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. “With a number of improvements in accessibility, hotel openings and of course the natural beauty of the country Israel should be at the top of everyone’s travel bucket list this year!”

As tourism is set to return and surpass 2019 figures, the country has made several announcements highlighting how Israel remains focused on the tourism sector, including:

  • Israel’s The Ministry of Tourism and the Administration of Investments recently announced that 107 entrepreneurs have applied for grants from the Ministry of Tourism to establish new hotels. Investors seek to establish and convert existing buildings into hotels and to expand existing buildings or restore them to their original purpose. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has reserved 165 million shekels ($49 million) in subsidies to support establishment projects.
  • Many hotels have opened in the last six months and others plan to open throughout 2022 and 2023, including Six Senses Shaharut, Brut Brown Hotel, David Kempinski Tel Aviv, Nobu Hotel Tel Aviv, Isrotel’s Port Tower Hotel, Alberto Tel Avivand more.
  • Tel Aviv Pride 2022 saw over 10,000 tourists this year and the Pride Parade, which took place on June 10saw over 170,000 people marching and celebrating.
  • Free guided tours to the public were brought back in February, meaning tens of thousands of free tours are now offered every day of the week. To date, more than 1,800 tour guides have responded to the invitation to participate in this project and tours are offered in English, Russian, French and Arabic in addition to the Hebrew tours currently available.
  • The food and beverage scene continues to thrive as Israel remains a gourmet destination of choice. Travelers can expect to see over 300 wineries, new breweries and distilleries, including of Jerusalem new Thinker’s Distillery, more restaurants at local markets using fresh local produce, vegan options galore, and more.
  • Accessibility in the old town has greatly improved. After years of preparation, nearly 4 miles of streets and alleys in the Old Town have been made accessible with the installation of handrails and ramps. Another big step forward is the addition of the app, Step-Hear, which assists and supports the visually impaired.
  • Western Wall infrastructure upgrades are underway. As one of Israel’s the most emblematic and most visited sites, Israel approved a $35 million upgrade of the Wailing Wall. The plan aims to encourage more visits to the site by improving public transport accessibility, developing new educational programs and continuing existing development projects.
  • New air routes continue to flow into the market. Starting on October 29American Airlines will modernize its Miami at Tel Aviv daily service flight. El Al resumed nonstop service from from boston Logan Airport and added a third weekly flight to the destination, and in May Delta announced a nonstop route from Boston.

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SOURCE Israeli Ministry of Tourism