Sinai tourists - AP - July 23, 2010
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Despite warnings from the government over the chance of kidnappings and terror attacks, Israeli vacationers continue to flock to the Sinai Peninsula, with visitor number up by nearly half on last year.

Nearly 800,000 visitors have crossed Israel's southern border into Egypt since the start of 2010 – a rise of 47.6 percent on the same period in 2009.

The coming Rosh Hashanah holiday us expected to see a surge in tourist travel to sun-drenched Sinai as a reverse-exodus of Israelis makes its way south, with between 22,000 and 26,000 visitors expected to pass into Egypt through the Taba crossing between Wednesday and Sunday.

Over 120,000 in total are expected to cross during the month-long holiday period and numbers seeking to escape Israel by land could see an additional boost if authorities fail to head off planned strikes at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport.