Tour operators have reported no ill-effects to bookings or enquiries for Israel, despite the suicide bombing in Eilat on Monday that killed three people.

Longwood Holidays managing director Rafi Caplin said despite expecting the worst, he has not received any calls from concerned clients and booking levels have been maintained.

He added: “It is a first for Eilat and we cannot underestimate the seriousness of it. While we were all concerned, the media didn’t make a big issue of the bombing, which helped.”

Caplin said he hoped the attack will not signal the start of a new bombing campaign but added he did not think another bomber would be able to penetrate the tight security in the Red Sea destination.

Pax Travel managing director Philip Dean said he was surprised by the attack but added: “I think the market will take it in its stride. We will have to see what happens in the next 12 months.”

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