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Lebanon’s tourism hopes new PM will save summer season

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon’s ailing economy is expected to receive a badly needed “positive shock” if newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Tamam Salam brings about a balanced Cabinet that abo

Syrian civil war killing Lebanese tourism

As civil war rages in neighbouring Syria and with tourism from the Gulf non-existent, hardened Lebanese merchants are surviving on a mixed bag of individual initiative, well-off Syrian tourists and he

Lebanon launches campaign to revive tourism sector

BEIRUT, Lebanon - In 2013 Lebanon can expect 50 days of discounts on airline tickets, hotels and at shopping centers as part of a campaign to revive the country’s tourism sector after months of stag

Lebanon’s tourism industry facing crisis

Lebanon’s hospitality sector has begun to dismiss employees following a sharp decline in business, a leading hotelier said.

Minister: Tourism Police understaffed, not able to enforce new smoking ban

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud warned Tuesday that the ranks of the Tourism Police are severely understaffed, and he may not have enough officers to enforce the new smoking ban that go

Minister: Domestic unrest, turmoil in Syria do not affect tourism in...

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's tourism minister said the crucial summer tourism season would not be badly damaged by growing domestic unrest and turmoil in neighbouring Syria, and forecast revenues this

Lebanon: Tourist numbers down, tourist spending up

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The number of tourists fell 7.9% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to last year, according to figures issued by the Central Administration of Statistics over the weekend.

Minister: Number of tourists to Lebanon to exceed 3 million

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon’s tourism minister said Friday he expected the number of tourists to the country at the end of 2012 to exceed 3 million.

Lebanon tourism focusing on new trends

(eTN) - The Lebanon Ministry of Tourism is focusing on a new trend of tourism - sustainable tourism - in order to promote economically and socially the different regions of Lebanon all year round.

Ethiopian Airlines vehemently denies Lebanese crash report

Ethiopian Airlines officials have bluntly rejected the findings of a Lebanese investigation into an air crash off Lebanon in January 2010.

UN: Minor incidents between Israel, Lebanon could spark war

Incidents such as the exchange of gunfire that took place across the Israeli-Lebanese border earlier this week must be avoided, the United Nations envoy for Lebanon has stressed, warning that they can

Seven Estonian cyclists abducted in Lebanon freed

Seven Estonian cyclists abducted in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in March were released today, the United Nations envoy for the country said, adding that they were in good health.

Estonian FM: Beirut authorities keen on finding abducted tourists

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said Monday that Lebanese officials informed him that Beirut authorities were making every effort to find seven Estonian tourists kidnapped in the Bekaa valley las

Masked gunmen abduct seven Estonian tourists in Lebanon

Lebanese security sources say that masked gunmen today kidnapped seven Estonian tourists who were cycling in Lebanon's Bekaa valley.

UN calls on Lebanon and Israel to consolidate stability

Lebanon’s paralysis over forming a government has prevented progress in implementing some of its key obligations in the United Nations resolution that ended the fighting between Israel and Hizbollah

Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon to cooperate on tourism

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Tourism Ministers from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey convened to launch a quadripartite mechanism for tourism, an initiative that they said embodied the first steps toward establ

Lebanese government falls after Hezbollah quits

Beirut, Lebanon - Members of the powerful Hezbollah movement and its allies brought down Lebanon's unity government Wednesday after resigning from Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Cabinet.

Despite political tensions Lebanese tourist numbers up 24.5 percent

BEIRUT: Despite mounting political tensions over the outcome of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the outgoing and incoming

Lebanon bouncing back

(eTN) - Going skiing in Lebanon?? Why not? It might sound strange, but Lebanon really does have it all, including 6 ski resorts!

Aviation news: Lebanon to delay Middle East Airlines IPO

Lebanon will delay an initial public offering of shares in national carrier Middle East Airlines that was due by the end of this year because of unfavorable market conditions, Central Bank Governor Ri

Polish tourists kidnapped, freed in Lebanon

Two Polish tourists were briefly kidnapped in Lebanon's Beqaa valley on Tuesday but were freed after security forces opened fire on their captors at a checkpoint, killing one of them, the Lebanese arm

Lebanese tourism minister: There will be no war

Beirut - Lebanese Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud said Wednesday there was no danger of a regional war flaring, and called on foreign tourists to visit Lebanon.

‘Hezbollah-land’ turns into major tourist attraction

On a hilltop where Hezbollah once launched its attacks on Israeli troops, families now picnic next to an abandoned Merkava tank.

Abboud: Airport incident “not to be blown out of proportion”

Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud said Tuesday that the discovery of a body stuck to the tire of a jet bound for Riyadh should "not be blown out of proportion."

Despite looming tension Beirut still popular with Saudi tourists

JEDDAH - With tensions brewing between Israel and Lebanon and the possibility of an Israeli attack on the south of the country similar to what took place in 2006, there are reports that the country’

Scuds or no Scuds, tourists still flock to South Lebanon

Israeli claims that Hezbollah has obtained Scud missiles have revved up fears another war may break out soon.

Lebanon national carrier plans IPO

BEIRUT — Lebanon plans to begin partially privatizing its national carrier this year, the company's chairman said Thursday, as carrier pushes ahead with plans to rebuild its image as one of the regi

Lebanon tourist numbers up 39%

Lebanon - Lebanon’s tourism industry saw a major rebound in 2009, the World Tourism Organization announced this week.

Hariri death anniversary gathered thousands in Beirut

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Beirut Sunday marking the fifth anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, whose death touched off Lebanon's Cedar Revolution or Ke

The secrets of the emarketing arts for tourism

Today, e-marketing has become one of the essentials of business success.