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Israel visitor numbers nosedive during Gaza offensive

Published on Aug 11, 2014 10:55 PM
 
Israelis and tourists running from the beach to take cover in a nearby hotel in the costal city of Tel Aviv on July 14, 2014 during a rocket attack fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip. In July, 218,000 visitors were recorded entering Israel, 26 per cent less than in July 2013 and the lowest number for any July since 2007, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's rapidly growing tourism industry nosedived during its blistering July war with Hamas, the number of visitors falling 26 per cent to its lowest level in seven years.

In July, 218,000 visitors were recorded entering Israel, 26 per cent less than in July 2013 and the lowest number for any July since 2007, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Of that number, 24,000 were day trippers, typically arriving on cruise liners or crossing through the land borders for a lightening visit to religious sites or the Dead Sea.

The remaining 194,000 were tourists - defined as someone who spends at least one night - with the numbers for July some 21 per cent lower than the same period a year earlier, and the lowest number for any July since 2007.

 
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