Tourism becoming better in Israel and Palestinian territories

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Published on : Thursday, April 14, 2022

Israel and Palestinian territories

The Israel tourism industry and the Palestinian territories reopened in late 2021 after almost two years of stringent restrictions for curbing COVID-19. During tourism’s eventful months of April and May, the numbers are not as high compared to pre-pandemic times, but it is gradually increasing.

To quote Lydia Weitzman, foreign press adviser to Israel’s Tourism Ministry, “The Israel Ministry of Tourism estimates that approximately 30,000 tourists will arrive in Israel this week for the April holidays of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan.

The gradual increase in tourism since the reopening of Israel’s skies last month can be seen and heard in the tourist, religious and cultural sites around the country.”

Tourism witnessed drastic changes in the last several years, with tourism heavily restricted until late 2021. Reports show that tourism is down by 84% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 compared to 2019. There was a 65% drop in Q1for 2022 compared to 2020, with only 16,000 tourists visiting Israel in Q1 of 2021. That number was 1,052,600 in Q1 of 2019.

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