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A 27% Increase in tourists` arrivals in Israel in 2005

Israeli Ministry of Tourism and Central Bureau of Statistics figures show 1,370,900 visitors arrived in the country by air…

Israeli Ministry of Tourism and Central Bureau of Statistics figures show 1,370,900 visitors arrived in the country by air (an increase of 23%), 202,100 arrived at land crossings (up 50%) and 12,500 aboard cruise ships. The number of travelers arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport rose 23%, while the number of those arriving aboard direct flights to Eilat increased 30% as compared to the same period in 2004.



Tourism Minister Avraham Hirchson said in response to October`s figures that he expects two million foreign tourists will visit the country this year and three million in 2006.



In October alone, 164,400 tourists entered Israel, a 28% increase over October 2004. 11,000 tourists arrived via border crossings with Jordan in October and 7,800 crossed from Egypt.

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