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The Ministry of Tourism publishes the results of its annual survey of incoming tourism on Sunday indicating that in 93% 93% of tourists rated their visit to the "good to excellent" category, with tourism bringing nearly 21 billion shekels to the country, except for flights,
The survey also states that 53.2% of tourists have said their views on Israel have changed for better time while visiting the country while 41% said their views have not changed and 1.5% % are of the opinion that their opinions are changing at worst.
"The year 2018 was a record year for inbound tourism for Israel, with more than 4 million tourists," Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said. "The steady growth of incoming tourism is the result of the new marketing strategy of the ministry, and we are seeing the continuation of this rising impulse in 2019."
Tel Aviv Port was ranked as the best maintained site in the country by 31.3% of tourists, while Masada ranked second with 26.2%, while Tel Aviv's Art Museum is third with 21.1% .
Jerusalem is the most visited city, with 77.5% of tourists visiting the capital. Tel Aviv ranked second with 67.4%, followed by the Dead Sea (48%) and Tiberias (36.2%).
The Western Wall is the most visited site, with 71.6% of tourists visiting there. The next one is the Church of God, visited by 52.2% of tourists, 50.1% of Old Jaffa and Via Dolorosa visits to 47.4%.
The age group of 25-44 years is the largest among tourists, representing 35.8% of the group, while 24.1% are aged 55 and older, and 20.7% are 24 and less. About 19.4% of tourists are aged 45-54 years.
The average cost of a tourist in 2018 was $ 1 402 per stay, again excluding flight costs, down slightly from the previous year from $ 1,421. Costs include US $ 657 for accommodation, slightly rising from an average of $ 630 in 2017. But the other costs, including transport and excursions, shopping, entertainment, medical and everything else, dropped from the previous year.
The Jews accounted for 27.5% of the tourists, but twice as many Christians visited – 54.9% – stunning – 42.8% of them were Catholics and 30.6% Protestants. Only 2.4% are Muslims.
About 64.8% of visitors said they had arrived in Israel alone and not with a tourist group.
The survey is based on the responses of 15,000 tourists.
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