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ISRAEL MINISTRY OF TOURISM-ITAMAR GRINBERG middle east Bird's-eye view of Masada. The HOLY LAND carla hunt This year's first press release from the Israel Ministry of Tourism-dated Jan. 15, 2015-bore the surprising news that 2014 was the best year ever for American tourism to Israel. The announcement was accompanied by figures: The United States is the number one source of tourism to Israel, representing 20 percent of the country's inbound travelers, and last year, more than 602,000 Americans visited Israel. With the troubles that affected the region during the summer-primarily in Gaza-you couldn't help thinking: How can this be? More recently, Recommend had a chance to ask just that question of Uri Steinberg, Israel Tourism Commissioner, North America. "While last year's increase was modest over 2013, under 50 may 2015 50-53 AFME Israel.indd 50 the circumstances, it is a considerable achievement." And his explanation was heartfelt: "I believe that many Americans see Israel as a bucket-list, must-see destination, and for them, it is not a matter of 'if' we should visit Israel, but 'when.'" However, Steinberg points out that, "we do have the task of positioning Israel as a safe destination, although our position nowadays is a bit different. As we all live in a world of trouble spots, Israel is no longer a unique example of danger. We are just part of a bigger problem. At the same time, international tourism figures show that despite this, no one seems to be staying home. Safety is a priority with us, and people feel safe when they're in Israel." 4/21/15 12:10 PM

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Editor’s Notes
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Exclusive Group Travel
What’s New in All-Inclusives
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Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Program
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Different Routes to Southeast Asia
The Guatemala Travel Experience
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