Israel says tourism to break record in 2010

Israel's Tourism Ministry says 2010 will be a record year for tourism, which has already surpassed the high of 3 million visitors set in 2008.

The ministry said Monday the increase is partly thanks to improving security situation over the last few years following intense Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the first half of the decade.

The ministry said there was a drop in tourism last year because of the global financial crisis and the Gaza war. Some 3.4 million visitors are expected to arrive by the end of the year.