November 22, 2010
Israel honors 3,000,001st tourist
Israel honored its 3,000,001st tourist—a pastor leading an evangelical group—for 2010.
Jomber Araujo Vladislav, who was leading 120 pilgrims from Brazil, was welcomed Monday in a special ceremony upon his arrival Monday at Ben-Gurion International Airport, as well as by Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov. Vladislav won a future trip to Israel.
Tourism from Brazil has increased 82 percent in 2010, Haaretz reported.
This has been a record-breaking year for travel to Israel. Some 2.9 million tourists entered Israel between January and October, according to a report by the Central Bureau of Statistics. The 3 millionth tourist also arrived Monday.