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Israel tourism rise

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-04-09

Jerusalem

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More British tourists as well as other international visitors are choosing Israel as a travel destination in 2008 according to new figures released by the Israel Government Tourist Office.

In January and February this year, 380,760 tourists travelled to Israel compared to 252,119 during the same period in 2007.

Meanwhile, the number of British tourists going to Israel in January and February this year totalled 23,396 an increase of 3,500 compared to the previous period in 2007.

Israel tourism is also expected to continue its rise with the addition of new flights being operated by BMI and Thomsonfly as well as campaigns showcasing the country as offering good value for money.

"We are absolutely delighted with these new figures and in particular, we are excited to see that Britons continue to be fascinated by Israel and that more and more of them are now able to experience it for themselves," said Uzi Gafni, director of the Israel Tourist Board. "Traditionally, travel to Israel has not always been as convenient as it could have been, however new travel options mean that the country has now opened up to the everyday tourist and with flight times of just five hours, there couldn’t be a better time to visit."