Published on : Friday, July 7, 2017
Beirut’s landmark Hamra Street is full of life again and hotel occupancy rates are on the rise. This is due to Lebanon’s tourism industry seeing happier times again after a bad period of wars, political upheaval and chaos.
Now that Lebanon’s tourism sector is on the rise, the scenario of Gulf and Turkey, to the surprise of many, is looking shaky.
While neighbouring Syria and Iraq burn, the Lebanese industry is looking cautiously but optimistically at the promise of a new beginning.
“I know the region is going through very difficult times, but Lebanon has gotten lucky,” said Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian.
Hotel occupancy in Lebanon, which went through 15 years of civil war that ended in 1990, is up by 25 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the president of the national hotel owners’ syndicate, Pierre Ashkar, reaching 65 per cent this summer.
Passenger arrivals at Beirut’s airport outnumbered departures by about 24,000 during the recent Eid al-Fitr holiday, compared to about 19,000 last year.
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