India tops Asia tourism to Israel


India topped Korea in 2010, with the highest number of visitors from the Asian region into Israel last year.

After several years in the top spot, Korea was replaced by the 40,000 Indians who travelled to Israel in 2010, an increase of 75 percent compared to 2009, Globes reported.

Indian tourists were also the biggest spenders with an average of $1,364, outranking the average tourist expenditure in Israel of $1.091.

Israel Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov told the source that throughout 2010 the Tourism Ministry focused efforts on upcoming markets including India, Brazil, Poland and Ukraine.

"In the last year, we have identified a new interest in Israel as an attractive and quality tourism destination among these markets and we will work to increase our presence there,” Mr Misezhnikov said.

Israel welcomed up to 160,000 visitors from India and the Far East countries with 38,412 coming from Korea, 17,763 from Indonesia and 17,345 from China.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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