Two million six hundred seventy-five thousand foreign visitors came to Israel last year, compared to 397,000 in 2021 and 831,000 in 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic restricted to travel abroad.
Over the previous 12 months, inbound tourists brought in slightly under $4 billion.
Only in March of last year were Israel’s borders formally opened to foreign tourists; in May, all restrictions were lifted.
Compared to the record-breaking 2019, incoming tourism to Israel was down by around 40% in 2022.
However, more than 20 million Israelis spent the night in 2018, more than in 2019, indicative of a boom in domestic tourism.
“The rehabilitation from the Corona Crisis began in 2022. According to newly appointed Tourism Minister Haim Katz, breaking the 2019 incoming tourist record is a feasible goal.
Domestic tourism has established itself as a vital economic driver on par with incoming tourists.
To fully fulfill the nation’s tourism potential, we want to remove barriers, start initiatives that expand the supply of lodging, and build infrastructure.
In contrast, approximately 70,000 immigrants from 95 different nations emigrated to Israel in 2022, a significant rise from 2021, when about 28,600 immigrants entered the nation.
This was the highest number of olim in 23 years.
The Central Bureau of Statistics reports that Israel’s population expanded by 2.2% in 2022, reaching 9,656,000 people.
Seven million one hundred six thousand of the country’s inhabitants are Jews (73.6%), 2,037,000 are Arabs (21.1%), and 513,000 belong to other religious groups.
The population rise was significantly more significant than the 1.8% growth in 2021, partly explained by a higher rate of immigration over the previous 12 months.