A fatal blow to domestic tourism in Lebanon

A fatal blow to domestic tourism in Lebanon
A fatal blow to domestic tourism in Lebanon

The head of the Federation of Tourist Syndicates and the head of the Syndicate of Hotel Owners in Lebanon, Pierre Ashkar, stressed in a statement that “the tourism sector is one of the most sensitive economic sectors to security incidents, not only in Lebanon but in various countries of the world.”

He pointed out that “the Lebanese tourism sector today is besieged as a result of several problems, the latest of which are security incidents and the rise in fuel prices, and today it is experiencing a stagnation phase, especially in remote areas.”

He pointed out that “some tourist establishments such as restaurants, cafes and amusement parks in major cities are witnessing some movement, but in remote areas, the situation is tragic, especially after the price of a can of gasoline exceeded 300,000 pounds.”

And he believed that “the jumps witnessed by the price of gas cans constituted a fatal blow to domestic tourism, as the movement of tourists from cities towards mountainous areas will be almost halted, so the burden of the price of gasoline has become very heavy on the shoulders of the citizen.”

He revealed that “the events of Tayouneh and the security problems and political tensions that accompanied them, will also contribute to hitting the tourism sector, as some of those who were thinking of emigrating from Lebanon began to speed up their transactions, while others who were planning to visit Lebanon, especially during the holidays, have cancel his reservation.

Al-Ashqar announced that “these security events prompted some countries to warn their nationals against visiting Lebanon, while other countries asked their nationals who are already inside Lebanon to leave the country if they did not have any necessary issues to take.”

He said: “These factors directly and negatively affect the tourism sector, and no one knows where things will go, because Lebanon can be described as a country of wonders. No one knows how to create problems suddenly, and at the same time no one knows how to get rid of them.”

He added: “The situation was bad and today it has become worse. The sector had hoped well for the formation of the government to adopt solutions to economic problems, but today the government is paralyzed and the country is paralyzed, and everyone is living in a state of despair in light of the tense security situation.”

He concluded: “We were disappointed with the government’s work after it became clear to us that even the parties involved in it disrupted their work and prevented us from reaching the solutions required to alleviate the suffering of the economic sectors.”

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