‘Party’ to Celebrate 3 Millionth Tourist to Israel, Ministry Says

Travelers seen at the departure hall of Ben Gurion Airport. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Sometime this week, the three-millionth overnight tourist in 2017 will arrive in Israel. To celebrate, and to further advance tourism, the Tourism Ministry will be treating this visitor to a special prize package that will include a helicopter ride over the country, an upgraded hotel suite, a limousine ride from the airport to their hotel, a guided tour of Tel Aviv’s Yemenite Quarter, and more.

Tourism in Israel this year has already broken previous records, and since the summer months the number of tourists has grown significantly. In fact, the three millionth tourist had originally been expected only at the end of November. The Ministry expects that over 3.5 million tourists will have visited Israel by the end of 2017.

“This is a day for us to celebrate and a history-making event,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “Receiving the three millionth tourist is a unique accomplishment that has never happened before. The massive investment and the cooperation we have developed with airlines and tourism agencies around the world has borne fruit. The benefits that have accrued from tourism have brought in NIS 17 billion ($5 billion) in income, and created thousands of jobs. The tourists who come and enjoy themselves are ambassadors for Israel.”