In 2011 the number of night stays in Jerusalem hotels amounted to 3,854,500 nights, 18% of all night stays in Israel.
80% of the tourists who visited in Israel in 2011 visited Jerusalem.
The most visited sites were the Wailing Wall (visited by 60% of all tourists), the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem (55%), the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem (48%) and the Mount of Olives (46%).
Jerusalem was selected as one of the top 25 most sought after destinations in 2011 in a survey held by the prestigious and popular website "Tripadvisor"; Jerusalem reached the position of number 13 out of 337 tourist destinations worldwide.
Jerusalem by night (Photo: Ministry of Tourism)
Hotel revenues from tourism in 2011 amounted to NIS 1,567,497 billion.
A massive summer campaign by the name "Spend Two Days in Jerusalem" resulted in an increase of 30% in the number of Israeli visitors in the city during the summer.
So far, in 2012 an increase of 44% has been recorded in internal tourism.
The Jerusalem Municipality created a special program to facilitate and promote hotel construction, including close supervision by developers, removal of bureaucratic obstacles, distribution of grants, and decreasing municipal taxes for the purpose of encouraging developers to build additional hotel
rooms in Jerusalem.
Of the new hotels that are already designed, two belong to luxury chains: the Waldorf Astoria, constructed with an investment of 150 million dollars and containing 230 rooms, and a Four Seasons hotel containing 200 rooms.