Tourism in Israel is on a roll

Travel and Tour World | April 02, 2019

Israel tourism is witnessing an increase, and compared to last year’s numbers, this year may prove to be even more successful. For years, many tourists to Israel arrived from Western countries, but now the preferences and numbers are changing. Now, a lot of tourists come from countries in the East, especially China. If this trend continues, Israel’s incoming tourism industry could witness huge growth.With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, China is a gold mine in terms of tourism potential, and Israel is eager to cash in on this. A conference held this week at the Dan Jerusalem Hotel, titled “Made for China,” focused on developing ties between the two countries and finding ways to encourage Chinese tourism to Israel.Incoming tourists from countries like China could prove to be major boon to Israel’s tourism. Israel is fast becoming an extremely popular tourist destination. International market research firm EuroMonitor named Jerusalem the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world.

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When it comes to hospitality, trends are everything. In a seasonal industry dependent on so many unpredictable variables, estimating future demand based on the insights we have today has enabled hoteliers to minimize wastage and maximize profits. Fundamental to this process is keeping abreast of the latest trends. In the travel environment, it’s not uncommon to see ephemeral as well as everlasting trends.

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When it comes to hospitality, trends are everything. In a seasonal industry dependent on so many unpredictable variables, estimating future demand based on the insights we have today has enabled hoteliers to minimize wastage and maximize profits. Fundamental to this process is keeping abreast of the latest trends. In the travel environment, it’s not uncommon to see ephemeral as well as everlasting trends.

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