One of the State of Israel’s primary sources of revenue is tourism. Israel tourism offers visitors to the country a chance to soak up thousands of years of history as well as visit some of the world’s most important holy sites and cities.
Tourism in Israel draws an average of 2 million visitors annually, particularly young travelers and families. Israel not only offers archeological and religious sites, but also provides an insight into the building of the modern State of Israel in an ancient land that has seen its fair share of conflicts and wars.
Israel has the largest number of museums per capita in the world and the capital city, Jerusalem, offers tourists the opportunity to visit some of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land. Jerusalem and its Old City are magnets for pilgrims. Israel’s capital city is home to the Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount, Western Wall, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Christian holy sites in northern Israel are also popular stops for pilgrims tracing the life of Jesus. In southern Israel, visitors flock to Masada, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea port town of Eilat and the Ein Gedi nature reserve.
With its many geographical features, Israel is also a great place for hiking and visiting nature reserves. National parks in Israel have well-marked trails and offer beautiful views of wildlife and nature, and the country is one the world's hot-spots for ornithologists.