TOURISM OF ISRAEL
2,168,000 visitors came to Israel in 1994 - 11% more than in 1993. This number includes 1,838,200 tourists (an 11% increase) and 329,800 cruise passengers (a 14% increase).
Tourism in 1994, which continued the upward trend which in 1992, reached
a new record.
Arrivals by Mode of Travel :
1,500,700 tourists (representing 69% of the total tourism movement) came by air (9% increase).
318,900 tourists came through the land borders :
96,500 tourists came through the Jordan border (a 50% increase).
182,000 tourists came through the Egyptian border (a l7% increase).
39,000 tourists came through the Lebanese border (an 11% increase)
18,600 tourists (1% of the total number) came by sea (a 4% decrease).
330,000 cruise passengers (representing 15% of the total number) arrived in Israel in 1994, representing an increase of 4 of 21,700 of his member were new visits by sailors of the American Sixth Fleet at Israeli ports (a 23% decrease).
Arrivals by Month
The level of tourism by air in the first quarter of 1994 (seasonally adjusted) was at 1.5 million per year.
In the second quarter tourism decreased to 1.45 million per year.
This level remained consistent until the end of the summer. An increase in tourism visas recorded from October 1994, reaching 1.6 million tourists per year (by air).
The peak months for incoming tourism were April, July and August, with over 200,000 visitors per month, and October reached the top of the list with 242,000 visitors.
The lowest number of visitors was recorded in January and February with less than 150,000 visitors per month.
Tourist Arrivals by Country of Residence :
By Continent :
1,341,900 visitors (62% of the total number of tourists) came from Europe, and increase of 13% compared with 1993.
534,500 visitors (25% of the total) came from America, an increase of 3% over 1993.
170,000 visitors (8% of the total) came from Asia, an increase of 21%.
65,400 visitors (3% of the total) came from Africa, an increase of 38% compared with 1993.
26,800 visitors (1% of the total) came from Oceania, an increase of 8% compared with 1993.
By Country :
423,600 visitors, representing 20% of the total number of tourists to Israel, came from the USA. This number is 2% higher in comparison with 1993.
The United Kingdom was in second place with 300,800 visitors - a 7% increase over 1993.
Germany was in third place with 223,200 visitors - a 15% increase over 1993.
France was in fourth place with 167,500 visitors s in 1994 - an increase of 5%.
Italy was fifth with 87,300 visitors - a decrease of 1%.
Tourism from the Nordic countries represented 5% of the total number of tourists to Israel 99,600 visitors arrived in 1994 - a 16% increase :
38,300 visitors came from Sweden (an 11% increase).
21,800 visitors came from Finland (a 16% increase).
22,200 visitors came from Denmark (an increase of 21%).
17,400 visitors came from Norway (an increase of 19%).
A total of 183,000 came from Eastern Europe.
125,500 visitors came from the CIS (an increase of 63%).
17,000 visitors came from Hungary (a 19% increase).
12,500 visitors came from Poland (a 12% increase).
9,400 visitors came from the Czech Republic and Slovakia (a 68% increase).
8,700 visitors came from Romania (a 6% increase).
64,700 visitors came from Holland (an increase of 15%).
55,400 visitors came from Switzerland (an increase of 19%).
39,600 visitors came from Austria (an increase of 11%).
41,200 visitors came from Belgium (a 17% increase).
27,800 visitors came from Spain (a 10% increase).
40,900 visitors came from Canada (a 1% decrease).
29,600 visitors came from South Africa (a 9% increase).
12,700 came from Japan (a 17% increase).
13,100 visitors came from Korea (a 45% increase).
A total of 59,000 visitors came from the Far East (a 35% increase).
Tourist Arrivals by Age :
A third of all tourist arrivals (excluding cruise passengers), 609,500 tourists, were aged between 45-64 (a 11% increase).
435,500 tourists were aged between 30-44, representing 24% of the total number of tourists (a 15% increase).
256,300 tourists were 65 years and over, representing 14% of the total number of tourists (a 4% increase).
151,800 tourists were aged between 25-29 (a 14% increase).
145,400 tourists were aged between 20-24 (a 10% increase was recorded).
95,000 tourists were aged between 15-19 (a 11% increase was recorded).
A 13% increase was recorded in young tourists to 14 years with 135,200 tourists.
Hotels, Person-Nights and Occupancy :
There were 291 hotels at the end of 1994 (including those closed seasonally) with 33,500 rooms.
14.2 million person-nights were recorded in these hotels in 1994 (6% more than in 1993).
8.4 million were tourists nights (60% of the person-nights) (an increase of 6%).
5.8 million were Israelis (an increase of 6.5% over 1993).
Tourist Person-Nights by Location :
2.5 million person-nights (30% of all tourist nights) were recorded in Jerusalem (a 2% decrease).
1.5 million tourist nights (18% of all tourist nights) were recorded in Tel Aviv-Yafo (an increase of 1%).
1.5 million person-nights were recorded in Eilat (a 28% increase).
712,000 were recorded in Tiberias (a 8% increase).
481,000 were recorded in Netanya (a 9% increase).
Charter Flights to Ben Gurion International Airport :
475,200 passengers entered the country on charter flights at the Ben Gurion International Airport in 1994 - 27% more than in 1993 (including tourists and Israelis).
Tourism Movement :
209,700 of the 475,200 travellers on charter flights to the Ben Gurion International Airport were tourists (an increase of 5% compared with 1993).
As in previous years, the charter flights were from Europe.
Charters constitute a quarter of the tourists movement through the Ben Gurion International Airport from Europe.
55,800 tourists (27% of the charter passengers) came from France - a decrease of 2% compared with 1993.
43,600 tourists were from the United Kingdom (21% of the total number of charter passengers). This number is similar to that of 1993.
42,500 tourists were from Germany (20% of charter passengers) - an increase of 45% more than 1993.
17,800 tourists (8% of charter passengers) came from the CIS - a 21% increase.
10,000 tourists came from Holland (5% of charter passengers) - a 5% decrease.
6,000 tourists came from Denmark (constituting 3% of charter passengers) - a 3% increase.
5,400 tourists came from Finland (3% of charter passengers) - a 3% increase.
Israeli Tourists and their principle destinations were :
Turkey 113,600 (3 times more)
United Kingdom 45,600 (a 36% increase)
France 37,900 (a 12% increase)
Germany 17,500 (a 5% increase)
CIS 15,100 (a 3% increase)
Greece 15,100 (a 15% decrease)
Denmark 2,500 (a 9% increase)
Income from Tourism :
Income from tourism in 1994 reached 2.3 billion dollars, and a further 400 million dollars income was recorded by the Israeli airlines from overseas tourism. The total income from tourism was 2.7 billion dollars (a 5%
increase over 1993).
The added value from tourism reached 2.1 billion dollars - four times more than that of agricultural exports (500 million dollars) and double the added value from the exports of diamonds (1,006 million dollars).
International Congresses in Israel :
138 international congresses were held in Israel in 1994, where as 139 were held in 1993.
45,300 overseas participants attended these congresses (a 12% decrease in comparison with 1993).
October was the peak month for the number of congresses held (22 congresses - 7,100 overseas participants), followed by May (16 congresses - 4,400 participants). 8 congresses, with 7,450 overseas participants, were held in August.
32,200 participants (71% of the total number) attended 50% of the congresses - 67 - which were held in Jerusalem.
18 congresses, with 4,300 overseas participants were held in Tel Aviv.
9 congresses, with 1,600 overseas participants, were held in Eilat.
9 congresses, with 1,000 overseas participants, were held in Rehovot.
The majority of congresses - 48 - were on medical subjects and 12,100 overseas participants attended.
34 were on social subjects and 10,500 overseas participants attended.
20 were on scientific and technological subjects, and 4,100 participants attended.
Festivals and Events in Israel :
42 festivals and other events were held in Israel in 1994 (see definition in the Table), attended by 1.6 million people (tourists and Israelis) compared to 2.1 million participants in 1993.
Some 900 thousand people, representing 56% of festival participants, took part in music festivals, 14% took part in dance festivals and 16% took part in theater and film festivals.
17 festivals, attended by 600 thousand people, were held in the northern region. 13 festivals, with 465 thousand participants, were in Jerusalem.
Findings from the Survey of Tourists :
The Ministry of Tourism conducted a survey among a sample number of tourists leaving the county at the various border checkpoints. The following are the principle results of this survey :
26% of the tourists were Jews, 61% Christians.
24% came to touring and sightseeing, 25% came on pilgrimage, 19% came for holiday and leisure, 15% to visit friends and relatives, 11% for business or congresses, studies and research.
53% came on organized package tours.
60% were first time visitors.
68% stayed in hotels.
The majority of tourists were satisfied with the various services (marking GOOD and VERY GOOD): hotels 84%, restaurants and other accommodation 69%, shops 67%, taxi services 65%, tours - 90%.
The average length of stay of tourists was 17.5 overnights, and of tourists staying less than one month - 10 overnights.
The average expenditure per tourist was US $ 1,310.