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Israel is once again proving a popular destination for British tourists with record numbers travelling there. In 2005, 157,600 Brits went to Israel for a holiday, up by seven per cent on the previous year.
Overall British tourists accounted for nearly 10 per cent of the number of people visiting Israel and taking advantage of cut price hotel offers and other travel deals.
In all 1.9 million tourists choose Israel as a holiday destination in 2005 which in itself was a rise of 27 per cent on 2004 and Israeli tourist bosses are looking for the increasing trend to continue.
"I expect the positive trend to continue through 2006," says Israeli Tourism Minister Avraham Hirchson. "We hope to welcome three million tourists this year," he says.
Other major tourist numbers include 457,500 from the United States, 311,400 from France, 105,200 from Germany and 73,000 from Italy.
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