Despite Conflicts, Israel Draws Record American Tourism

NEW YORK—Despite conflicts in the Middle East, last year broke the record for American tourism to Israel, according tp Uri Steinberg, Israel Tourism Commissioner for North America.

“While the increase is modest over 2013,” Steinberg stated, “it is a considerable achievement in light of the troubles that affected our region during the summer of 2014.” Steinberg believes many Americans see Israel as a “bucket-list, must-see” destination, for whom “it’s not a matter of ‘if’ to visit Israel, but ‘when.'”

The United States is the number-one source of tourism to Israel, representing 20% of the total, with more than 602,000 Americans visiting Israel last year, according to the Israel Government Tourist Office, North America. An additional 87,000 tourists came from Canada and Mexico, bringing the North American total to 690,000.