Where did the Israelis travel in 2021 and what does 2022 look like?

What did the last year of Israeli vacationers look like compared to the year before and what are the destinations that already occupy the top of the list of the most sought-after destinations for 2022?

Hiker n photographer in the mountains of Chiang Rai, Thailand. freepik

In 2021, it seems that the tourism industry and especially the tourists in Israel and around the world have managed to adapt much better to the new reality of vacations and trips under various restrictions alongside the Corona. What did the last year of Israeli vacationers look like compared to the year before and what are the destinations that already occupy the top of the list of most sought-after destinations (wishlist) for 2022? Data Booking.com With the answers.

While overseas vacations are accompanied by certain restrictions, for many of the Israelis the last two years have been mostly a sign of a local vacation. According to the data * The local destination most booked by Israelis in 2021 was Tel Aviv, which was replaced in first place with Eilat, which was located first at the end of 2020, and at the end of this year took second place. Jerusalem remained stable in third place. Also, alongside popular destinations that have appeared in the opening ten in the last two years such as Tiberias and the Dead Sea area, a surprising destination has been added to the list of the ten most invited destinations in 2021 – the southern settlement of Neve Zohar.

When there were certain restrictions on restrictions, some Israelis took advantage of this, of course, for a vacation outside of Israel. If in 2020 the destination that led the list of destinations invited by Israelis was Istanbul, in 2021 Vienna in Austria is the one that leads the list, with Istanbul still retaining the fourth position in the opening five. Budapest was in second place. New York City ranks third, and Prague closes the 2021 top five.

As for the types of accommodation preferred by Israelis, it seems that we like hotels the most and therefore are the ones who occupy the first place for two years in a row in the list of the types of accommodation most booked by Israelis. In second place are the apartments, followed by the hostels, also for two years in a row.

And what about 2022? An examination of the data ** of the destinations that Israelis were most looking for for the beginning of the new year shows that hot Dubai is the destination that Israelis are most eager to reach in the near future, as it drops Istanbul, Budapest, Vienna and Paris in descending order. Regarding the search data of Israelis for a local vacation in 2022, Tel Aviv is the most vacationed destination by Israelis, followed by Eilat, Jerusalem and Haifa. Tiberias closes the opening five.

Dr. Itzik Mizrahi, Director of Booking Israel. Photo by Elishar Ahmadov

Dr. Itzik Mizrahi, The director of Booking Israel, said: “In the last two years, we have seen that travelers are adopting new trends, from local vacations and even managing a vacation routine from home with day trips, to long-term vacations that also combine work from a distance. At the same time, as we look ahead we recognize a lot of excitement and anticipation among hikers to return to hiking as we have known in the past. Whether it is a vacation in Israel or abroad, travelers want to do so, among other things, out of motives of concern for their own mental health or to give themselves a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip feeling that can be experienced after a long period. It is also possible that one of the leading characteristics among them will be to simply say ‘yes’ to any opportunity that occurs along the way. “


* The data are based on orders placed by Israelis on the Booking.com platform between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, as well as between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

** The data are based on searches conducted by Israelis on the Booking.com platform during the month of December 2021, which include check-in dates in the first three months of 2022 – January to March.

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