Israel records 82% increase in Indian arrivals
Israel has witnessed a record breaking growth of 82 per cent in Indian tourist arrivals to the country from January to June, 2018, in the last three years. More than 40,000 Indian tourists visited Israel in the last six months as compared to the 22,000 footfall during the same period in 2015 as per the statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT). Israel also witnessed a whopping 17,800 Indian arrivals with 115 per cent growth in May alone as compared to 8,300 visitors in May 2015.
“We have been witnessing a steady year-on-year growth in tourist arrivals to Israel from India and are extremely pleased with the consistent record-breaking tourism figures. India has been an important market for us and I am delighted to say that it has been one of the best performing markets in Asia, especially until June this year. A lot of initiatives have contributed to this success and with the recent reduction in visa fee for Indian travellers, I am positive to close this year on 1 lakh arrivals from India,” said Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India & Philippines.
In March this year, Air India launched a nonstop flight between New Delhi and Tel Aviv, which has helped increase the tourist footfall between the two countries. Following an overwhelming response, Air India announced an increase in frequency on this sector, adding a fourth flight a week starting from July 14. In an effort to encourage more Indian travellers to visit Israel, the Ministry of Tourism also unveiled its advertising summer campaign to attract Indian travellers to visit the country during the peak holiday season of April – June.
Israel recently announced a reduction in visa fee to Rs 1,100 from its previous Rs 1,700 charge for Indian citizens. “A majority of the arrival numbers include MICE, corporate and leisure seeking travellers owing to the beautiful landscapes, historic attractions, availability of vegetarian food and uncomplicated visa process. We have also observed a trend of increase in women groups exploring the country which speaks volumes about a destination,” added Madah.