October 2018 was the best month ever for incoming tourism, with close to half a million people entering the country, injecting NIS 2.5 billion into the economy, the Ministry of Tourism and the Central Bureau of Statistics said in a joint release Monday.
The figures were an increase of 14 percent from last year, according to the Ministry.
“These excellent statistics have been recorded month after month for the last two years, and are a direct result of the intensive work we are doing at the Ministry of Tourism,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.
“Incoming tourism contributes significantly to both Israel’s economy and – no less importantly – to its image. I am convinced that we will continue to see the sharp rise in the number of tourists arriving in Israel, and we will end the year with another record,” he added.
During the first ten months of 2018, some 3.4 million tourist entries were recorded in Israel, an increase of about 15 percent, compared to the same period last year.