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holy sites, terrorist incidents, Elat, political unrest, Eastern Europeans

Historical and religious sites as well as the favorable Mediterranean climate make Israel a popular tourist destination. In 2000, 2.4 million tourists visited Israel, spending $3.1 billion. Tourism tends to decline when terrorist incidents or political unrest intensifies. Western European tourists account for more than half of all visitors, followed by North Americans (20 percent), Eastern Europeans (11 percent), and Asians (10 percent). Many Christian pilgrims visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth, and many Jews come to see Israelís Jewish culture and holy sites. Apart from cultural and religious sites, the Dead Sea region, Elat, and the Mediterranean coast are popular destinations.



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