Hotel Visits in Israel Dropped Sharply in October

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

Photo courtesy of the Club Hotel

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.