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Israel expects post-COVID tourism rebound this summer

Israeli experts do not expect tourism to reach this summer the record level of 2019, but they certainly notice a trend of increase on both outbound and incoming tourism.
Israeli passengers arrive from Ukraine via the border with Romania on an Israeli Israir flight at Ben Gurion Airport in Lod, near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 1, 2022.

Israeli tourism this summer is expected to register its best performance since 2019. The removal of coronavirus restrictions is set to boost outbound and incoming tourist numbers, although the record posted in the year preceding the pandemic at Ben Gurion Airport — about 24 million international passengers — is not expected to be surpassed in 2022. In terms of incoming tourists, Israel is still far from the peak of 2019 — about 4.5 million tourists — and according to estimates for the current year, the figure will come to roughly 2 million.

Despite the lower numbers, it is hard to escape from images published in the media in recent weeks regarding congestion at the airport, which has raised questions about the ability of Israel's aviation and tourism infrastructure to cope with the rapid increase in activity.

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