Last weekend a new tourist record was set in Israel.

This new record follows a breakthrough in October that marked a huge escalation in the industry. Approximately 486,000 tourists visited the country in October, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, beating the number of tourists entering the country established in April 2018 by approximately 19 percent.

The number of tourists who visited Israel in a single year reached new heights over the weekend, surpassing the previous year’s record of 3.6 million visitors to the Jewish state.

Since January, tourist arrivals from certain European countries have skyrocketed compared to the same period last year, including an increase of about 90 percent from Poland, 40 percent from the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary and 35 percent from Italy. Significant increases were also identified from other countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and the United States.

The Ministry of Tourism expects tourism revenues for the current year to exceed another 4 million. Last year, the national tourism industry received eighteen billion Shekels or the equivalent of $4.85 billion in revenue.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin praised the statistics and credited the Ministry of Tourism’s innovative marketing activities.

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