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Sunday, 04 February, 2018, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

Israel looking at reaching 1 lakh Indian arrivals in 2018

Witnessing record 31% growth in 2017
Indian arrivals to Israel for the second consecutive year have reached an all-time high growth of 31% during January to December, 2017, with around 60,000 tourists. This marks a whopping growth of 48% in the last two years, per the statistics released by Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT). Confident of this continuing this upward trend, IMOT is looking at achieving 1 lakh Indian arrivals in 2018. According to Hassan Madah – Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism India & Philippines, “Introducing initiatives, including easing of the visa process, and with airlines in India and Israel expressing interest to increase connectivity between the countries, I am confident that this growth will help us achieve 1 lakh Indian arrivals in 2018.”

2017 has been outstanding and by far the best year for Israel tourism in India and worldwide, Madah said. “By October, 2017 we already saw 49,000 Indians arrive in Israel, breaking previous records, and we were positive to close the year with 60,000 travelers to Israel from India. With over 20 million outbound tourists a year, India has been an important market for us and I am pleased to say that we have witnessed constant growth in the arrivals from the Indian market over the last 4 years.”

The IMOT along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to facilitate changes for Indian travellers, including relaxing some visa requirements for Indians who have completed travel to any Schengen countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel, and express visa services through VFS.
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