Tourism in Israel Rises Post-pandemic
By the end of 2022, Israel’s Tourism Ministry expects more than two-and-a-half million tourists to have visited Israel, indicating a strong post-COVID recovery. Still, this number pales in comparison to those of previous years. In 2019, Israel’s best year yet for tourism, the country welcomed four-and-a-half million tourists.
Signs show Israel will rebound, having just lifted most travel restrictions for foreigners in March, 2022. Israel highly depends on tourism for its economic stability. Israelis working in hospitality also hope to expand the industry in the coming years. Currently, Israel is planning to build more hotels with the goal of seeing ten million annual visitors by 2030.
Please pray many will visit Israel to discover the land of the Bible and its rich history!
Israel Rated Fifth Safest Country for Tourists
A United States insurance website named The Swiftest recently conducted a survey on the safest countries to visit. They declared Israel the fifth safest country, following Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Singapore. Rankings of other major countries include the United States, thirtieth; Canada, twenty-first; Australia, eighteenth; France, fifteenth; and the United Kingdom, tenth.
What makes Israel rank so high, despite threats of war, rockets, and problems at checkpoints? The results are based on reports from the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the World Risk Report. Researchers created a travel safety index to cover each country’s rate of murders (including terrorist attacks), road deaths, deaths from poor hygiene, spread of diseases, personal injuries, and the risk of natural disasters. Israel ranks as very safe, especially in areas like good hygiene, road safety, low number of murders per 100,000 people, and low risk of natural disasters. South Africa and India ranked the most dangerous, mainly because of the rate of homicide, poor hygiene, and natural disasters.
Please pray for Israel’s continued safety and high standards to make the country a welcoming place to live and visit.