Tourism is back, big time, in Israel. Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has continued to see a month-on-month increase in travelers from the United States to Israel, reaching and surpassing 2019’s record numbers. In November 2022, the country welcomed more than 85,100 travelers from the United States, which is Nine percent more from 2019.
“We couldn’t be happier to see record US tourism receipts once again,” said North American Tourism Commissioner Eyal Carlin.
“As we look ahead to 2023, we’re working to continue the upward trajectory of entries from the United States to Israel as we welcome new visitors and returnees!”
Here are some special events and places to visit in Israel now and in the coming months.
Tel Aviv Winter Pride 2022 — (until December 30, 2022). The Tel Aviv-Yafo LGBTQ+ Center hosts unique winter pride events around the city during Hanukkah. For the first time, the center has decided to highlight pride in the winter, in addition to the usual summer pride events, the Tel Aviv Pride parade and celebration.
Events include: LGBTQ+ arts festival and nightlife celebration, featuring an LGBTQ+ art fair, drag shows, pole dancing, spoken word, musical performances, workshops, and diverse artist booths.
Summer in Israel all year round — (All winter.) With warm weather almost year-round, pristine beaches and fresh, creative cuisine, Israel offers travelers a delightful winter experience. With an average temperature as warm as 70 degrees and a great location along the Mediterranean Sea, Israel maintains a comfortable climate for exploration and relaxation.
Enjoy the beaches of Tel Aviv, take long walks through the old city of Jerusalem or spend a day floating in the Dead Sea. Outdoor activities, cultural and culinary experiences, and comfortable year-round temperatures add to the pleasure of warm weather.
Summer in the City music festival, Tel Aviv Hayarkon Park — (May 31 and June 1, 2023.) Tel Aviv’s iconic Hayarkon Park will once again host a music festival featuring top international artists. A line-up of international music stars, including Robbie Williams, Sam Smith, Martin Garrix, Callum Scott and more, at the two-day Summer in the City music festival. Pop stars Static and NUNU will add local flair.
Visit Kfar Kama – Recognized as a “Tourist Village” by UNWTO — The Israeli Ministry of Tourism announced that the Circassian community of Kfar Kama has been selected by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to be included in the exclusive 2022 list of recommended tourist towns to visit.
The aim of this prestigious competition, now in its second year, is to promote and enhance tourism’s role in protecting rural villages (up to 15,000 inhabitants) to protect their landscapes, natural and cultural diversity, knowledge systems and local values and values. activities, including gastronomy.
Kfar Kama contains a historical account of the Circassian community living near Kfar Tabor, founded more than 150 years ago by Circassian Muslims, originating from the Caucasus.
Israel’s Circassian villages (the other is Rehaniya) allow you to travel through a time tunnel, with unique architecture and a museum of Circassian culture. Preservation of the community’s heritage and culture includes dance performances, tourist festivals and unique culinary dishes.
The town’s infrastructure has been renovated with the help of the Ministry of Tourism. The restaurant, family-friendly equestrian attractions, a dairy offering workshops on cheese-making processes and the Circassian Heritage Conservation Center offer tours of the old town’s alleys, a sound and light show and tastings of Circassian cuisine.