Off To A Good Start
Tourist industry which is the beacon of hope in the Lebanese economy, seems to bounce back. The first month of 2012, sees an increase by almost 27 percent in tourist arrivals.
Arabs still constitute the bulk of incoming tourists. Figures revealed by the Ministry of Tourism showed that Arab tourists jumped to 43,416 in January 2012 from 35,652 during the same last year period, registering an increase of 21,77 percent.
Saudis topped the list (11,684) followed by Iraqi tourists (8,141) and Jordanian (7,741).
Number of European tourists is estimated at 25,42 . French tourists were at the top of list (6,162) followed by English (2,889) and German (2,687).
Tourist arrivals from America and Asia continents totaled 11,054 and 9,048 respectively.
The marketing and advertising campaigns launched by the Tourism Ministry have contributed in boosting the number of tourists by beginning of the year, according to Tourism Minister Fady Abboud.
Toursim insiders, however, hope the trend will continue upward as Lebanon’s Tourism is always one of the most vulnerable sectors to political shocks and instability in the country.
STRATEGIES & PLANS
A fundraising event, entitled Think Green, will be held by Zero Waste ACT for all its business members on September, 10,2013, at WHITE, Dora.
The Green Mind Association invited all Green Mind Award Participants, finalists, runner ups and winners to the GREEN MIND DAY on Jan-16-2013 in Beirut, to create a platform where interested Venture Capital and Potential Investors met with participants.
A green initiative launched by Ashrafieh 2020 project aims to transform Ashrafieh into a tranquil and unpolluted area.Green spaces allow residents to walk and ride bicycles.