The Israeli tourism industry has lost about $ 24 billion. kroner since the beginning of 2020 as a result of the Corona crisis, Corona restrictions that have kept tourists away, canceled events and closed tourist attractions, the Ministry of Tourism reported today.
In September alone, the number of tourists entering in the country by 96 percent to 15,100 people against 405,000 people in 2019, the newspaper Jerusalem Post writes.
Ministry of Tourism warns of a bad crisis in the tourism industry.
The newly appointed Minister of Tourism Orit Farkash-Hacohen says that “a tourism industry is not only nice to have”, and that a reopening of the industry can quickly become part of a solution to Israel’s current economic challenges. Read MIFF’s articles on the economic crisis in Israel here.
Farkash-Hacohen said she is working to implement two reforms. One reform will allow Israeli and foreign tourists to travel to selected cities in Israel – for example, Eilat. The second reform will reopen family-run guest houses that have fewer guests and will not be infected to the same degree as tourists staying at larger chain hotels. Eran Ketter of Kinneret College said Israel has “condemned the [tourist] industry to hunger and poverty.” He also noted that the current situation is even more acute because it comes on top of a year of profits. In 2019, 4.5 million visited. tourists the country. Read MIFF’s article on tourists in Israel in 2019 here.