Israel sees tourism spike in October despite terror wave

The Western Wall in Jerusalem. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israel saw a spike in tourism during October despite the ongoing wave of terrorism that has plagued the country during the fall season.

According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), approximately 290,000 tourists visited Israel in October, compared to 224,000 tourists in September, a 29-percent increase.

At the same time, 5 percent more tourists came to Israel in October 2015 than during the same period in 2014.

Around 257,000 tourists visited Israel in October by airplane, with the remaining tourist entries coming through border crossings. About 25,000 tourists came through the Jordanian border, and 8,000 from Egypt.

The Israeli CBS cited the International Astronautical Congress convention in Jerusalem, which drew more than 2,000 people from 60 countries, as one of the factors in the spike in tourism during October.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since the beginning of October, there have been 77 Palestinian/Arab terror attacks in Israel, including 62 stabbings, seven shootings, and 8 car-rammings. Twelve Israeli Jews were killed and 158 wounded in those attacks.

Posted on November 10, 2015 .