About 7,000 Christian tourists are arriving in Israel for the Feast of Tabernacles celebration.
The visitors, including the heads of Evangelical Christian communities, will participate in a program of seminars and teaching beginning Sept. 23. The program is sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem with assistance from the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
The pilgrims for the feast, a Christian commemoration of Sukkot, will stay more than a week in Israel and are expected to spend between $15 million and $20 million, the Tourism Ministry said.
Participants are coming from tens of countries including Brazil, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Austria, India, Italy, Nigeria, Finland and Norway. In addition to visiting holy sites around the country, they will join in the traditional Jerusalem March on Sept. 28.