Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov explained that more than 40,000 Indians had visited Israel in 2011, double the figure from 2009, Newsday reported.
The Tourism Minister said he plans to boost that figure to 100,000 in the next three years by opening flights from Israel to destinations including New Delhi, Goa and Calcutta.
Mr Misezhnikov added that the Israeli Tourism Ministry also intends to open an office in Mumbai by the end of this year.
Both the Israeli tourism minister and Indian Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai have recently signed a partnership agreement to boost travel between both countries.
Figures suggest Israelís international visitor numbers are on the rise with the country welcoming over 1.4 million visitors during the first five month of this year, up six percent, year on year and four percent from the previous record set in 2010.According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel has also set a new record with incoming tourism (visitors and tourists) for the month of May 2012, with statistics showing that around 321,000 visitors arrived in Israel, up four percent from the same month in 2010 and 2011.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Israel looks to India to boost tourism
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P