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4% rise in tourist stays in 1st half of 2011

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The first half of 2011 saw a slight increase in the number of overnight tourist stays at Israel’s hotels, according to figures released Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.
The number of overnight hotel stays totaled 10.1 million, divided almost equally between Israelis and foreign tourists – a 1% rise in the number of overnight stays compared to the same period in 2010, which was a record year in incoming tourism.
The number of foreign tourist stays saw a slightly more significant increase of 4%.
Room occupancy in the first half of the year reached 64%. The city of Haifa recorded the highest growth in occupancy – from 58% to 63.5% in the first half of the year.
The Israel Hotel Association (IHA) chose to focus on the 4% drop in the number of tourist stays in June alone, compared to the same month last year. According to IAH President Ami Federman, hoteliers’ fears are being verified.
"The recent events in the Middle East have led to a reduction in the number of scope of pilgrims groups arriving in Israel. This result is apparent in significant drops in hotels in Jerusalem, Tiberias, Nazareth and around the Sea and Galilee for the third month in a row," he said.
"The economic situation in the United States and Europe has a negative effect on the number of hotel stays too," Federman noted. "The hoteliers fear what may happen in the coming months, and therefore we feel this is the right time to boost Israel’s marketing efforts, particularly in the affected markets."
Meanwhile, Jordan has reported of a 14% drop in the number of tourists who visited the country in the first half of 2011, totaling 3.1 million people.
Jordanian tourism industry officials ascribe the drop in tourism to the political unrest in the region, but are still hoping to attract tourists who are avoiding visiting Syria and Egypt.

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