The Palestinian Intifada continues to bite hard into Israel’s tourism, with a 60 percent fall in tourists arrivals in may 2001, compared to the same month a year earlier, reported the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
According to the CBS, there were a total of 112,000 visitors to Israel in May. Some 109,600 were registered as incoming tourists, which was 57 percent below the figure reported in May 2000. Approximately 2,400 cruise passengers arrived in May, a stunning 92 percent down on the figure reported for the same month last year.
A total of 592,500 visitors arrived in Israel during the period of January-May, 52 percent less than during the same five months a year earlier. Tourist arrivals fell 49 percent to 583,500 and cruise passengers by 91 percent to 9,000. – (MENA-Report)
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