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Monday, January 10, 2005

Tourists love Israel (even the British)

(IsraelNN.com) Interestingly, 80 per cent of visitors from Britain described their visit as “excellent” or “very good” according to a new survey conducted by the firm Geocartographia during the first half of 2004.

This following a recent survey by the UK Daily Telegraph showing Britons have a largely negative opinion of Israel. Statistics were compiled from a sample of 1,769 British visitors. Thirty-six per cent of British respondents stated their visit was “excellent”, 44 per cent said it was “very good”, 17 per cent described their experience as “good” and three per cent called it “reasonable” or “poor”. In 2004, 140,000 tourists arrived from the United Kingdom, a 44 per cent rise over 2003. In 2005, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism expects an additional 20 per cent more British tourists.

In total, 14,000 tourists from around the world were participated in the survey. Eighty per cent of all tourists also described their visit to Israel as either “excellent” or “very good,” and, on average, assigned their satisfaction a value of 4.2 out of 5.

The survey reveals that 73 per cent of all tourists were not concerned about traveling to Israel and 95 per cent of them would encourage their friends to visit the country as well.