Tourism to Israel continues to rise. From January to June of this year, close to 674,000 tourists visited the country - a whopping jump of 66% over the same period last year. While almost 85% of these arrived by air to Ben Gurion International Airport, another 25,800 arrived by air directly to the southern resort city of Eilat - more than twice as many as during the same period last year.

Similarly, the 74,700 who arrived by land also doubled themselves. The month of June was particularly blessed for Israeli tourism, with the entry of 121,600 tourists - 37% more than in June 2003.