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Israel Profiles U.S. Tourists

Statistics recently published by the Ministry of Tourism revealed that three-quarters of the Americans who come to Israel as tourists are Jewish.

A profile of American tourists who come to Israel shows that 51 percent come alone, 34 percent arrive as couples and 15 percent come in families of three or more.

Two-thirds of them make their own travel arrangements rather than join an inclusive tour.

Some of the findings include:

74 percent of the American tourists are Jewish;

36 percent come on package tours;

41 percent make their decisions six months or more before their trip;

99 percent arrive on scheduled flights, only 1 percent on charters;

42 percent give the desire to visit relatives or friends as one of their reasons for traveling;

61 percent stay in hotels and their average expenditure is $1,300, or $62 per day;

90 percent say they have had a good time.