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Israel Tourism’s Huge 2019

by Erich Martin

Nov 11, 2019

Bell tower of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Saint George of Choziba in Judaean Desert near Jericho in the Holy Land, Israel. Photo: Alefbet26 | Dreamstime.com

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Israel is experiencing a record-breaking year for tourism, and is adding the infrastructure to prove it.

Earlier this year, Israel Tourism announced a huge bump in international visitors: As of June, 1, 9 million visitors entered the country, compared to 1.75 million at the same point in 2018. In May alone, 440,000 visitors entered the country, marking an 11.3 percent increase over May 2018.

In order to cope with swelling tourist numbers, new hotels are opening, an airport is expanding and additional transportation options into the city will be available.

According to a hospitality update from Israel Tourism, 17 new hotels are set to open. Jordache Enterprises Group will open six new hotels through the end of the year. Each of the hotels will be luxury, with either 4- or 5-star ratings, across three brands: Herbert Samuel, Dead Sea Hotel and Setai.

Isrotel is also planning a major push for the coming years and has 11 hotels in the works. Eight of those properties will open by 2022.

Ben-Gurion Airport is also expanding, with more than 80,000 square meters added to Terminal 3. The expansion adds 90 new check-in counters, four baggage conveyer belts and will increase accommodation at the airport by 30 million passengers each year.

New transportation infrastructure, like a partnership with Bubble, offer travelers transportation around Tel Aviv. A new bus line also runs between the soon-to-be upgraded airport and Tel Aviv. The infrastructure updates follow with a mobile app designed to make visiting Jerusalem more accessible.

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