Israel continues to be a popular destination for Australians in 2010.

Acording to the Israel Ministry of Tourism statistics released today, the number of Australians travelling to Israel has increased by 45% during the first half of 2010.

These figures represent amazing growth in the number of Australian tourists choosing to holiday in Israel, with a total of 15,811 in the January  – June period, compared to 10,867 in the same period last year. The 2010 figures not only reflect a full recovery but even surpass the 2008 levels (13,868).

Overall Israel attracted 1.6 Million tourists during the first half of 2010 which represents a 39% increase compared to 2009.

According to EMTA (Eastern Mediterranean Tourism Association)  more and more agents are reporting an increasing number of clients who are looking to visit the Eastern Mediterranean region this year.

Israel is an exciting destination. On top of it being The Land of the Bible with 5000 years of history, it is also a vibrant and modern country with exciting culture, night life and cuisine.

There is no wonder why, in an annual readers poll of the prestigious New York-based Travel+Leisure Magazine, Jerusalem was ranked as the best city in Africa and the Middle East – and Tel Aviv was ranked number three.

Readers ranked the cities on characteristics such as sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping and value.

Jerusalem attracts over two million tourists a year, with about 80% of all tourists to Israel visiting the holy city. The city also contains within it the most visited sites in Israel, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Via Dolorosa, Yad Vashem and the Mount of Olives. Tel Aviv is the second most visited city in Israel, with about 60% of all tourists visiting the “White City”, so-called for its unique collection of International (Bauhaus) buildings which received UNESCO World Heritage designation in 2003, and enjoying the entertainment and leisure options of the “city that never sleeps”.

Source = Israel Ministry of Tourism
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