aerial view of Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount, East Jerusalem

Israel plans to attract 4 million tourists during 2011, according to Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov. In a news conference Monday, he said his ministry would focus on attracting tourists from China and other new markets with potential for growth.

2010 was a record year for Isreal tourism. Nearly 3.5 million tourists visited Israel during 2010, according to preliminary figures released Monday by Isreal’s Tourism Ministry. This represents the highest number of visitors to Israel in one year.