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Travel to Israel from America Up in 2016

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Despite heightened concerns of terrorism and violence in the Middle East and around the world, that has not stopped Americans from visiting the Holy Land this year. JNS reports that visits to Israel from North America are up by five percent in 2016:

A record number of North Americans have traveled to Israel so far this year, and Israeli tourism officials expect to finish out 2016 with a 5-percent increase during the last year.

Some 535,000 Americans visited Israel from January through October, which is 10,000 more people than the previous year, Uri Steinberg, Israel’s tourism commissioner for North America, told Thursday.

“This is the best year for tourism from North America,” Steinberg said. “Our forecast is for the whole year, we expect an increase of 5 percent.”

Despite the turmoil in the Middle East and an ongoing threat of terrorism, which makes some prospective tourists cautious about traveling outside the U.S., a rising number of Americans are journeying to Israel to experience the country’s history and culture, Steinberg said...

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