In spite of increased political tensions in the region, tourism to Israel was up this summer. Statistics from the Israel Ministry of Tourism indicate that almost 242,000 tourists entered the country in June 2012, which is a 6% increase over the previous year. Visitors from the Far East rose by 26%, while visitors from the Americas rose about 8%.

The increase in tourism is reflected in a 13% increase in overnights in Jerusalem hotels and 7% in Tiberius.

The positive numbers in tourism are good for Israel’s economy, but make it more difficult, though not impossible to find accommodations. Planning and booking a group tour early is the best way to beat the crowds. Discipleship Travel LLC is happy to help you plan your group’s next visit to Israel.

HT: Israel Ministry of Tourism and Sar-El.