As many as 405,000 tourists visited Israel in September—a 44 percent jump from last year, according to the Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics in a report published on Sunday in the business daily Calcalist.

And between January and September this year, nearly 3.3 million tourists entered the country, compared to 2.9 million over the same period in 2018.

August was the busiest month on record for Ben-Gurion International Airport with 2.8 million passengers, the Israel Airports Authority announced last month, noted the report, adding that the most popular destinations for flights departing Israel were to Turkey, Greece, Italy, Russia and the United States.

Meanwhile, Israelis are expected to travel to Egypt’s Sinai in larger numbers this year during the holiday season.

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