Israel is a major tourist hotspot of the world. Tourists from five major countries helped Israel see more tourists in 2017 than even before: France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US. The country’s holy sites and sandy beaches attracted 3.6 million tourists. These figures show that there were 25% more tourists last year than in 2016. This tourism boom is great for the local economy because roughly 200,000 Israelis are working in the tourism industry, which accounts for roughly 6% of Israel’s workforce. During the first half of 2017, the average tourist spent around $1,600 during their stay. Part of Israel’s popularity boom can be attributed directly to Israel’s Tourism Ministry. The ministry has taken up a number of actions to accelerate tourism in the country. In the following article, we will discuss how tourists can make the very most of their stay in Israel.
Visit the Major Bodies of Water
During the warmer months, this suggestion is especially useful to cool off from the heat. Israel has been blessed with many beautiful bodies of water, such as the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Sea of Galilee, among others. Whether you are traveling to these water locations with friends, family, or just by yourself, you cannot go wrong visiting these major water hot spots. From the relaxing beaches to water sports and swimming, there are many things you can do at these natural attractions.
Do Not Just Take Photos
Most people take hundreds of photos of their trips, and then they never look at those photos ever again. This is a tragic mistake. Today, we have been desensitized to the value of pictures because of smartphone technology. Instead of preparing a slideshow, you should prepare a video of your trip to Israel. You can use the video recorder in your smartphone or the popular GoPro camera. These days, it is much easier to edit videos yourself, and there are services such as video transcoding that can help people encode their videos quickly and cost efficiently. You can also hire a professional to prepare this video for you. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a video is worth a thousand pictures.
Visit a National Park
Most people do not know that Israel has 67 national parks, and 190 nature reserves, and this is undoubtedly true for tourists. Some of these nature reserves are even located at archaeological sites. Looking for artifacts is a very memorable and unique way to spend the day. For example, Beit Guvrin-Maresha is an enormous archaeological complex in the Judean Mountains, while Tzippori is an ancient Roman town that has elaborate mosaics and a historic synagogue. These national parks and nature reserves also have a wide variety of hiking trails that are available for tourists and the general public to enjoy.