Israel has lost in 2015, more than a quarter of tourists from Russia

Israel has lost in 2015, more than a quarter of tourists from Russia


In 2015, the country was visited by 392 thousand Russians – 26% lower than in 2014, when he began a noticeable reduction of tourist flow on the background of difficulties in the Russian economy and repeated exacerbations of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

TEL AVIV, 13 Dec –. The flow of Russian tourists to Israel had decreased in the past year, more than a quarter and significantly exceeded the indicators of the decline of foreign tourism in General, according to the relevant agencies.

Despite the decline, which has continued for the second consecutive year, Russia, which Israel visa-free regime, retains the second place among the sources of inbound tourism, behind the USA and ahead of France.

According to the Ministry of tourism of Israel, in 2015 the country was visited by 392 thousand Russians – 26% lower than in 2014, when he began a noticeable reduction of tourist flow on the background of difficulties in the Russian economy and repeated exacerbations of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Only in Israel last year, moved 3.1 million foreigners, which is 3% lower than 2014. In the first place are the USA, where you came from 586 thousand people, the third – France with 277 thousand guests. Followed by Germany, UK and Ukraine, where a visa-free tourist flow for the year increased by 5% to 128 thousand.

Israel hopes to increase the number of guests from Russia, offering themselves as an alternative to the resorts of Egypt and Turkey, closed to the Russians last year, and adapting to meet their needs of their own tourism product.

“Despite geopolitical turmoil, incoming tourism in Israel has shown in 2015 with a high level of stability… We come into 2016 with unprecedented budgets, overseas advertising and increased potential of air transport is due to the policy of open skies and flights of stimulation in (a resort town on the Red sea) Eilat in winter”, — commented on the results, the Director General of the country, the Ministry Amir Halevi.

“We plan to increase hotel rooms and lower prices, including through the recently announced tender for the construction of a network of budget hotels and expedite procedures for approval of a hotel construction,” he continued.