Israel: Land of Creation – Role of Tourism in building relationships between India & Israel
Israel may be a small country but full of possibility of many faces. Despite of peoples misunderstanding about unrest with Palestine the country is mostly safe to travel acording to Tourism department.
Tourism in Israel is one of Israel’s major sources of income, with a record 3.54 million tourist arrivals in 2013.Israel offers a plethora of historical and religious sites, beach resorts, archaeological tourism, heritage tourism and ecotourism. Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world. In 2009, the two most visited sites were the Western Wall and the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai;the most popular paid tourist attraction is Masada.
The most visited city is Jerusalem and the most visited site was the Western Wall. The largest percentage of tourists come from the United States accounting for 18% of all tourists, followed by Russia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Canada, the Netherlands, and Spain.
Witnessing the growth and potential from India, Israel Ministry of Tourism has taken a step forward in consolidating their presence in the Indian market. The interaction will highlight the Future Plans in India and Upcoming Developments and how tourism has contributed in building relations between both the nations with regular growth in the sector.
In 2017-18 Ministry of Tourism focuses on the contribution of tourism to Israel’s economy with enhancing the tourist experience, develop public tourism infrastructures, develop new tourist products and packages, improve product quality, increase accessibility of tourist information, and reduce vacationing price with new target audiences and new products.
Mr. Hassan Madah, Director, India,Israel Ministry of Tourism was present briefed the media about Israel and why it is a unique tourism destination, with something to offer for everyone.
Interest in visiting Israel is higher than ever before, as more and more travelers realize that Israel is affordable, accessible and safe. Israel Ministry of Tourism expects a big boost in the footfall this year and aims to welcome a large number of Indian tourists, to discover the beautiful destination in 2017.
Israel is growing as a destination ‘Land of Creation’. Israel is trying to get 1 Lac visitor by 2018 from India.