Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Jerusalem
Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday unveiled his plan to bring 10 million tourists to
Israel’s capital every year. The initiative will be an important part of
Barkat’s plan to introduce 100,000 new jobs during his next term — if he is
Click photo to download. Caption: Jerusalem. Credit: Berthold Werner via Wikimedia Commons.
Jerusalem is the city most frequented by tourists,
with 80 percent of tourists to Israel visiting the capital. In 2012, some 3.1
million foreign tourists and 762,000 domestic tourists stayed at Jerusalem
hotels (an 11 percent increase in domestic tourism).
Barkat, who took part in the 2013 Jerusalem
Innovative Tourism Summit on Tuesday, remarked that up until several years ago,
only 2 million tourists visited the city annually, whereas today the number has
doubled to about 4 million.
“In recent years, we have allocated a lot of
resources to the development of tourism in the city…I am pleased that we can
show positive results, and the tourism in the city is displaying a consistent upward
trend,” Barkat said