Israel tourism has more than doubled in recent years, new data shows
LONDON — Israel’s tourism industry is on the rise again, with tourism in the Jewish state up 10% in the past year, according to figures released Thursday.
Tourism was up by 7.7% in 2014 and 7.5% in 2013, while in the year ending June 30, 2016, Israel recorded the highest number of visitor visits in the world at 4.2 million, according data released by the Israel Tourism Authority.
Travelers from across the globe have flocked to Israel to visit relatives and friends, enjoy the country’s lush green spaces and its vibrant Jewish heritage.
Israel is Israel’s fourth-largest economy, according the World Bank, and is home to more than 90 million people.
Its economic growth has been the biggest in the Arab world, according World Economic Forum data.
Israel is the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, and it has been a key player in the global effort to reduce carbon emissions.
Tourists have flocking to Israel for a number of reasons, including the country being the home of a significant number of Nobel Prize winners.
Israel has also been a favorite destination for U.S. President Donald Trump, who has visited Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials.