Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Israel tourism booming

More people heading to the holy land
The Dead Sea is very much alive with tourism in Israel going through the roof. According to the Israel Ministry of Tourism the Holy Land is on pace to shatter its previous record set last year. Almost 650, 000 have made the pilgrimage in the first quarter of 2011.

"These numbers are very encouraging and we hope to see this trend continue throughout the remainder of 2011," said Tourism Commissioner for North and South America Haim Gutin marveling at the six per cent increase over the same quarter last year. Three per cent more Canadians took in the Holy Land a year ago matching the Americans number. Brazil saw the biggest increase climbing 14 per cent.

This years numbers should surpass the 3.5 million Jews, Catholics and others who took in the sites of the Middle East nation. Among the attractions for Catholics is the Basilica of Annunciation, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Dead Sea.

For more information about travelling to Israel visit the Israel Ministry of TourismEvangelical Experience, or Catholic Group Tours.

1 comment:

  1. This is very great news indeed. Israel is both a historical and a religious place worth visiting in your lifetime. I would also do a pilgrimage to Israel someday.


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