Israel Announces Opening Of Its Tourist Season Saying Country Is “Safe”

Israel Announces Opening Of Its Tourist Season Saying Country Is “Safe”
Israel Announces Opening Of Its Tourist Season Saying Country Is “Safe”

Israel’s Tourism Ministry declared the tourist season open on Wednesday, saying the country was “safe.” A qualification which came as a surprise, particularly in France where this destination is strongly discouraged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to the current war.

In fact, certain areas of the north and south of Israel are the target of daily rocket and missile fire, while 100,000 inhabitants of these regions, displaced after October 7, are still unable to return to their homes. homes. Outside of the towns and kibbouz within range of Hamas and Hezbollah fire, life goes on more or less normally, apart from the obvious gloom linked to the ongoing war.

“Major tourist areas such as Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Tiberias region, the Negev, the Dead Sea and Eilat are safe,” Israel’s Tourism Ministry said, adding that security remained the country’s top priority. An announcement which aims to reassure travelers, while tourism is a very important sector of the country’s economy. Before the war, it represented 3% of Israeli GDP and employed 200,000 people.

With 284,000 tourists between January and April 2024, the country recorded a 78% drop in the number of foreign visitors compared to the same period of 2023. Many airlines, which had announced the resumption of their flights to and from Israel for the spring, finally delayed it.

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