The Israeli tourism minister’s call for growth within the hotel industry is smart: he'll need somewhere to put the thousands of travelers headed his way thanks to a the $400 New York to Tel Aviv tickets that El Al is honoring.
The summer of 2012 is turning out to be a record-breaking one for Israel’s tourism industry, according to new statistics.
In July, the nation welcomed some 296,000 visitors, 8% more than in the same month last year and 6% more than in July 2010.
The Central Bureau of Statistics also announced that 2m travellers have visited Israel since the beginning of the year.
Full CBS numbers here. Below, embedded, tourism arrivals by country, indexed against mode of travel.