Et rekordstort antal turister rejste ind i Israel i sidste måned, en smule gode nyheder i bekymring for, at spændingerne i syd kan dæmme op for strømmen af besøgende i den travle påskesæson.
Some 232,000 foreign tourists visited last month – 6% more than in February 2011 and 4% more than in February 2010, the previous record for the month.
Particularly impressive this year was the 55% rise in the number of visitors who entered over land for a day. Last year, this segment suffered a sharp decline due to the unrest in Egypt.
The flow over the Egyptian border has bounced back, however, with 8,100 visitors crossing from Taba into Eilat in February, five times the number for the month last year.
Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said his ministry would continue efforts to promote tourism to Israel, targeting developing markets in China, India, South Korea, Russia and South America.