Israeli hotel nights in April still below 2019 levels
The recovery of the Israeli hotel sector continues with 1.9 million overnight stays in April 2022, 14% less than in April 2019 before the Covid pandemic, reports the Israel Hotel Association. This is a major improvement from April 2021, when hotel nights totaled 1.22 million, down 45% from April 2019.
In April 2022, there were 1.4 million hotel nights by Israelis, up 18% from April 2019, and 525,000 hotel nights by foreign tourists, down 50% from April 2019. In April 2021, foreign tourists were not allowed to enter Israel.
Tourism to Israel in April well below 2019 levels
Overnight hotel stays by foreign tourists are expected to increase over the summer months following the end of the ban on foreign tourists earlier this year and the more recent removal of all restrictions such as entry testing into the country.
Average hotel occupancy in April, which included the Passover holiday, was 59% compared to 37% in April 2021 and 71% in April 2019, before the Covid pandemic, the Israel Hotel Association reported.
Last month hotel occupancy was 73% in Herzliya, 72% in Eilat, 66% by the Dead Sea, 59% in Upper Galilee, 58% in Tel Aviv, 58% in Haifa, 56% in Tiberias and only 52% in Jerusalem.
Israel has 57,000 hotel rooms, up 3% from 2021. Jerusalem and Eilat each have 11,000 hotel rooms, and Tel Aviv has 9,700 hotel rooms.
Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – on May 29, 2022.
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