12 August 2017
BEIRUT: The number of Saudi tourists to Lebanon increased by 86.77 percent in the first 7 months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to statistics from the Tourism Ministry. “The number of Saudi tourists till the end of July 2017 reached 38,698, equivalent to an increase by 86.77 percent compared to the same period last year,” according to a report from the Central News Agency that quoted the Tourism Ministry.
It also noted that Iraqis topped the list of tourists to Lebanon during July 2017 with 21,194 tourists, followed by Jordanians (10,782), Saudis (8,980) and Egyptians (8,607).
Tony Ramy, head of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Nightclubs and Patisseries, said that tourists arrivals from Gulf Cooperation Council countries during Eid al-Fitr was remarkable but then it started retreating again. He added that spending by Lebanese expats coming from the Gulf has also declined due to the economic slowdown prevailing in that region, which has affected the income of Lebanese working there.© Copyright The Daily Star 2017.
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