The number who visited Israel tourists from Russia increased in February 2017 at 54% compared to the same period last year, told reporters the Director of the Department of the Ministry of tourism of Israel in Russia and the CIS Ksenia Kobyakov.
«We expect 10 to 15% increase in tourist arrivals from Russia in 2017, – said K. Kobyakov. – Working to increase the number of flights from Russia to Israel and to expand the geography».
As noted Director General of the Ministry of tourism of Israel Amir Halevy, the Russian market is important for Israel. He recalled that in 2016 the country was visited by 600 thousand Americans. «We hope that the Russian market will compete with us», – said A. Halevi.
In 2016, visited Israel more than 2.9 million travelers from around the world (not including day visitors), 4% more than in 2015. In the September-December 2016 was the absolute record – the country was visited by a total of more than a million tourists. Russian tourist flow to Israel in 2016 amounted to 266 thousand people, while a significant increase was achieved in December – this month the country was visited by 21.3 thousand tourists from Russia, a 41% increase compared to the same period of 2015, according to the website «Interfax-Tourism».
Israel intends to pay carriers and operators for each traveler, delivered them at the red sea coast in the period from October 2017 to March 2018. In January reported an increase in the flow of tourists from Russia to the South of Israel by 150 percent, according to «Tape.ru».
In December last year, the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) has published a list of foreign countries most popular among Russian tourists. The posted statistics for the first nine months of 2016. In General, there has been growth in the popularity of countries offering vacation resorts and a decline in the popularity of destinations associated with excursion tourism. The top ten included: Spain, Thailand, Cyprus, Turkey, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Vietnam, Croatia, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia. Israel this year in the TOP 10 countries popular among Russian tourists, is not included.