Based on data released today by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the first quarter of 2012 registered an all-time record high for incoming tourism to Israel.

During the months of January through March, 2012, there has been an increase of 2% compared with the same period last year, and an increase of 1% compared with January through March of 2010, (the previous record high for incoming tourism).

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The information from the Central Bureau of Statistics further shows that the first quarter of 2012 maintains the stability of tourists entering Israel – the current number stands at 637,200 entries, same as of March of last year.

In addition, in March, 2012, there were more than 41,000 day visitors recorded, compared with approximately 23,000 day visitors recorded in March, 2011, an increase of 78%.

The geopolitical situation in Egypt last year apparently led to a decline in day visitors’ entry and now there has been an improvement and a return to the norm. Further testament to this is evident in the amount of entries registered through the Egyptian border, compared with March 2011.

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