Birthright Israel contributed over half a billion dollars to the Israeli economy
Since its inception in 2000, Birthright Israel has contributed $535 million to the Israel’s economy, and over $60 million in 2011 alone.
Each participant contributes approximately $1,900 to Israel’s tourism sector through airfare, lodging, food, transportation, and admission to tourist sites and out-of-pocket expenses. Since 2000, nearly 300,000 participants have filled 750,000 nights in hotel rooms and generated three-quarters of a million work days for Israelis. Participants are estimated to have spent $76 million in gifts and souvenirs.
Beyond connecting Jewish youth to Israel, Birthright Israel has had a major impact on the Israeli economy. And with many participants returning to Israel, sometimes with friends and family, the contribution to tourism to Israel as well as the life-long ties created with the country will continue for years to come.