Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Tourism Down 21% in Israel Since the Start of Operation Protective Edge

Although tourism may be at a new-found low, Israelis are keeping positive that it will pick up soon

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: August 14th, 2014 in News » Israel

Tourism Down 21% in Israel Since the Start of Operation Protective Edge

Reports confirm that tourism is down in Israel due to Operation Protective Edge.

According to the report, which cites Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, July saw a 21% decrease in tourism, which is normally the peak month for Israeli tourism.

Facing the lowest number of visitors in over five years, Israel’s annual budget will take a hit in the upcoming year.

According to TLV Faces, many European countries have been issuing travel warnings to citizens encouraging them to stay more than 40km away from Gaza and other areas of conflict. The U.S. and Canada have also both issued warnings to travelers telling them to keep away from areas of conflict if it can be avoided.

Despite Israel’s economic hit, the country still plans to encourage tourism in the upcoming year. According to Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, “Israel is preparing for the ‘day after’. The Tourism Ministry is planning to invest in marketing campaigns in target countries around the world in order to encourage incoming tourism.”

The country is also keeping positive on the tourism front as the numbers have been increasing for the January to July season, since 2011.

Jews, Gays, Blacks Invited to Join "All-Inclusive" Montana KKK Chapter Jews, Gays, Blacks Invited to Join "All-Inclusive" Montana KKK Chapter TrendingArab Man Saves Jewish-Israeli Man's Life After Arsonists Set His Car On Fire Arab Man Saves Jewish-Israeli Man’s Life After Arsonists Set His Car On Fire Trending Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown Go Nazi in Video for "Only" Trending
 

After Years of Searching, Auschwitz Survivor Finally Finds His Family

November 12, 2014 | By Roi Mandel

Menachem Bodner lost his entire family when he was just a little boy. He is still searching for his twin brother, but recently found his first cousins in California thanks to a persistent genealogist

Read More

Is the Obama Administration Purposely Denying Gal Mekel’s Visa Renewal?

November 12, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Is the Obama Administration Purposely Denying Gal Mekel's Visa Renewal?

Indiana was prohibited from signing the Israeli point guard because of a rare visa renewal problem; meanwhile Obama announces doubling for Chinese student visas

Read More

Meet the Rabbi Who Instills Confidence in Children with Cancer Through Martial Arts

November 12, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Meet the Rabbi Who Instills Confidence in Children with Cancer Through Martial Arts

Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg has been named a 2014 Top CNN Hero for his Kids Kicking Cancer initiative

Read More

The Love Jewce: Stats on Love, Sex & Dating

November 12, 2014 | By Andria Kaplan
The Love Jewce: Stats on Love, Sex & Dating

We get it, we like to keep it in the Tribe — but how does that affect our lives?

Read More

Did You Know That Google’s First Customizable Smartphone Was Built With Israeli Tech?

November 11, 2014 | By Rachel Dinh, NoCamels
Did You Know That Google's First Customizable Smartphone Was Built With Israeli Tech?

Project Ara, a modular smartphone, is based on tech developed by an Israeli startup called Modu

Read More

Peter Gabriel Says He Isn’t Anti-Israel, He’s Just Pro-Gaza

November 11, 2014 | By Daniel Koren
Peter Gabriel Says He Isn't Anti-Israel, He's Just Pro-Gaza

The revered musician will contribute to a Gaza relief album, alongside members of System of A Down, The Cure, and more

Read More

Gina Gershon Coming to Toronto For Ghostly Musical

November 11, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Gina Gershon Coming to Toronto For Ghostly Musical

The ‘Showgirls’ actress stars in Stephen King’s ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County’

Read More

Roseanne Barr to Guest Star on ‘Cristela’

November 11, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Roseanne Barr to Guest Star on ‘Cristela’

The comedian will appear as Veronica, Trent’s estranged wife.

Read More

More Headlines