DELHI: Israel, for the second consecutive year, has broken its tourism record of Indian arrivals reaching an all-time high of 31 per cent growth from January to December, 2017 with around 60,000 Indian tourists visiting the country in 2017.
This marks a whopping growth of 48 percent in the last two years, per the statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT), reports ANI.
“2017 has been outstanding and by far the best year for Israel tourism in India and worldwide. By October, 2017 we already saw 49,000 Indians arrive in Israel, breaking previous records, and we were positive to close the year with 60,000 travelers to Israel from India. With over 20 million outbound tourists a year, India has been an important market for us and I am pleased to say that we have witnessed constant growth in the arrivals from the Indian market over the last 4 years,” said director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India and Philippines, Hassan Madah.
“Introducing initiatives, including easing of the visa process, and with airlines in India and Israel expressing interest to increase connectivity between the countries, I am confident that this growth will help us achieve 1 lakh Indian arrivals in 2018,” he added.
The Ministry of Tourism along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to facilitate some changes for Indian travelers including relaxing some visa requirements for Indians who have completed travel to any Schengen countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel, and express visa services through VFS.