On Tuesday, Israel received its record-setting 3 millionth tourist in a single year.
After being welcomed in a festive ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, Ioana Isac of Romania and her partner, Mihai Georgescu, were escorted by Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin to Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum for an exclusive tour with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Photos of Isac’s upgraded vacation will be used by the government to market Israeli tourism.
“We are about to end the year with a great achievement — a result of the enormous efforts we are investing into marketing Israel worldwide, exceptional cooperation with airlines and the ties we are working to strengthen with travel agents,” Levin said in advance of Tuesday’s tourism milestone. “All this has been bearing fruit and has so far brought in some 17 billion shekels ($4.8 billion) and thousands of jobs to the Israeli economy.”
This year, Israel is on track to see a 20-percent increase in incoming tourism compared to 2016.