Israel's Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov
requested the faithful around the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Israel's Tourist Ministry quote him as saying:
“The Christian community, in all its denominations and with its hundreds of millions of faithful around the world, represents one of the main anchors for incoming tourism to Israel. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with Jerusalem at its center, serves as a bridge for peace and cooperation between faiths and peoples.”
According to Israel'sTourism Ministry
, about 75,000 tourists will visit Israel during the Christmas period, of whom about 25,000 are Christian pilgrims.