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Asian tourists sing and celebrate outside Damascus Gate, Jerusalem's Old City.

Since beginning of 2017, Israel saw 3.3 million tourist entries, a 25% increase over the same period in 2016. Tourism revenue in November 2017 totalled $487 million.

Since the beginning of 2017, tourism has injected $4.5 billion into the Israeli economy.

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Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said in a statement: “We continue to break records in incoming tourism and this month we mark more than one year of an upward trend in incoming tourism. These are unprecedented statistics, that are a direct result of the intense and strenuous work we are doing at the Tourism Ministry.”

“The numbers speak for themselves and reflect our success,” Minister Yariv said, adding that “all this is because of the changes in marketing strategy, the increase in flights and new airlines and the improvements in tourism infrastructure. Incoming tourism continues to serve as an economic growth engine and contributes millions of shekels every month to the Israeli economy.”

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, 355,900 tourist entries were recorded in November 2017, about 24% more than November 2016. In the period January-November 2017, about 3.3 million tourist entries were recorded, 25% increase on the same period last year. Revenue from tourism in November reached about $487 million.

There was a 24% increase in tourist entries in November 2017 constituted a 70% increase over November 2015. Of the tourist entries in November 2017, 305,300 were by air, an increase of 20.3% on November 2016 and 65.7% on November 2015. 50,700 tourists arrived via the land crossings, of which 39,700 came via Jordan and about 11,000 via Egypt. 28,800 arrived as day visitors in November, a 47.7% increase over November 2016 and 14.3% more than in November 2015.

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