Hotel Visits in Israel Dropped Sharply in October

Israel Hotel Association says figure is down 21 percent from 2013.

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A hotel in Eilat.Credit: Photo courtesy of the Club Hotel
Rina Rozenberg
Rina Rozenberg Kandel

Israel’s hotel industry is still trying to recover from the drop-off in visitors spurred by Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

The Israel Hotel Association said Monday that overnight stays at the country’s hotels were down 21% from the same month in 2013. They were up 16% from a year ago, but that was when tourism was still feeling the impact of the Gaza war that ended in August.

For September-October, which encompasses all the High Holidays, overnight stays were down 18% from two years ago, though up 16% from 2014, the association said.

The figures, however, show that hotels experienced a sharper drop in overnight stays than did the number of tourist arrivals. Arrivals were down 14% in October to 290,000 from two years ago. Sources attribute that to tourists staying for shorter periods, and/or are increasingly using services like Airbnb to rent apartments and rooms.

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