|The Movenpick Ramallah hotel|
An estimated 80,228 guests stayed in West Bank hotels in the first quarter of 2016, marking a drop by 32% from the previous quarter and 20% lower than in the first quarter of 2015, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said Monday.
It said 33% of the hotel patrons were from European Union countries and 13% were Palestinian.
The PCBS said room occupancy rate was 16.5% in the first quarter – 25% lower than in the previous quarter and 17% lower than in the first quarter of 2015.
Nobody really talks about the financial hit that comes with each new terror spree but it is pretty obvious that European tourists are going to be less likely to visit the West Bank when its residents are cheering civilians being stabbed and run over by cars.
The last people to ever mention this would be the cheerleaders for terror who pretend that they are “pro-Palestinian.”
In Israel, the number of hotel rooms rented in the first quarter was slightly higher than the year before, but still significantly down from 2014 before the Gaza war.
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