Lebanon sees increase of tourists

11:46, August 08, 2010      

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Lebanese Minister of Tourism Fadi Abboud announced Saturday that the number of tourists visiting the country increased by 11.58 percent in July compared with the same month last year.

Abboud said in statement that the number of arrivals in July amounted to 361,934 visitors, compared with 324,363 visitors in July of 2009.

He expected a "second summer" after Fitr Day that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan which starts on next Wednesday.

"The ministry of tourism is keen for the comfort of tourists and a hotline number 1735 is put in action for their complaints," the minister said.

A country with limited industries and more than 14 million expatriates, Lebanon's economy depends heavily on tourism and remittance.

Preliminary figures issued by the UN World Tourism Organization this month indicated that Lebanon posted the highest growth rate in tourist arrivals in the world during 2009 with a 39 percent increase from the previous year.

The number of incoming tourists to Lebanon totaled almost 2 million last year, constituting an increase of 38.9 percent from the same period in 2008.

Abboud said earlier this month that tourism activities in Lebanon would improve by 20 percent in 2010.

Source: Xinhua


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