MANILA - The number of Filipinos traveling to the Holy Land rose 42 percent year-on-year in 2017 due to Tel Aviv's promotion efforts, an Israeli tourism official said on Wednesday.
Visa-free entry for up to 90 days and cheaper tour rates also helped encourage Filipino tourists, said Hassan Madah, a director at the Israel Ministry of Tourism told ANC.
Israel is in talks with Philippine Airlines for possible direct flights between Manila and Tel Aviv, Maddah said.
"This would boost tourism really well and also it will boost tourism to the Philippines by Israelis because we see also the number of Israelis coming to the Philippines also increasing," he said.
"I think many want to visit the Holy Land in the month of January and I think it’s a good month also in terms of weather to be in Israel," he said.