TEL AVIV (Sep. 27)
Tourism to Israel was up 25 percent during the first eight months of 1987 compared to the same period in 1986, the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption reported. The rise was three percent compared to 1985 which was Israel’s record tourist year.
Of the 919,400 tourist, 766,100 arrived by air, a 24 percent increase over last year. Arrivals by land totalled 137,700 of whom 71,900 came to Israel via Egypt. This was a 16 percent increase, excluding tourists who returned to Israel after visiting Sinai. Other land arrivals were by the Jordan River bridges.
Arrivals by sea numbered 84,800 of whom 12,610 were crewmen from foreign naval vessels visiting Israel and the rest passengers from cruise ships. In 1986, only 1,800 foreign naval personnel were among the 50,000 tourists who arrived by sea. In 1985, 100,300 tourists came to Israel by sea.