Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov, welcomed in Jerusalem the leaders of the Christian community in Israel, ambassadors, representatives of various religious denominations and members of the tourism and pilgrim industry in Israel in celebration of the upcoming Christmas holiday. 

"The Christian community in Israel in its various denominations, together with the hundreds of millions of believers worldwide, represents one of the central anchors in incoming tourism, a bridge for peace and for the promotion of pilgrimages to the Holy Land," stated the Minister.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, during the first half of 2011, 1.6 million tourists visited Israel, 60% of which were Christian. The Ministry of Tourism is preparing for the arrival of 90,000 tourists during the Christmas holiday, one third of which are pilgrims, visiting sites and holy places and participating in large public celebrations of Mass to take place in Bethlehem and Nazareth.

We wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2012!


Irma Aalto
Deputy Director & Marketing Manager
Israel Government Tourist office for the Nordic & Baltic countries
Box 7554
103 93 Stockholm, Sweden
tel +46-8-23 92 09
fax +46-8-21-78 14

Israel Government Tourist Office promotes Israel as a destination in the Nordic and Baltic countries and provides tourist information to the public in these countries. Israel Government Tourist Office is working directly under the Ministry of Tourism in Israel. All together there are 18 tourist offices around the world promoting Israel as a tourist destination.

Experience the unique Israel – Visit Tel Aviv, the Party- and Beach city that never sleeps Stroll around the fascinating Jerusalem with its three world religions Float on the healthy Dead Sea Swim with dolphins and snorkel in the Red Sea´s coral reef in Eilat Follow the steps of Jesus in the Holy land Hike in the Galilee with its incredible scenery.

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