Record number of visitors to Lebanon: ministry
Wednesday 22 December 2010
Lebanon welcomed just over two million tourists in the first 11 months of this year, a record number despite months of political tensions between the two main ruling camps, according to tourism ministry figures released Monday.
The number of tourist arrivals was 17.6 percent higher than the same period last year and is "an all time record high," according to Bank Audi's Lebanon Weekly Monitor, quoting latest ministry figures.
Arab visitors accounted for about 41 percent of the total, followed by Europeans with 25 percent.
Lebanon, a small Mediterranean country with plenty of greenery and mountains, has a population of four million.
Since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war it has witnessed political assassinations, war between Israel and Hezbollah, fighting between the army and Islamists, and intercommunal clashes.
Following a relatively peaceful 2009, tensions have risen once again over reportedly imminent indictments by a UN tribunal probing the 2005 murder of former premier Rafiq Hariri.
The court is reportedly set to indict senior operatives of the Shiite Hezbollah, the most powerful military force in the country, raising fears that could trigger instability and violence.
The tensions have divided the unity government into Hezbollah and its supporters and a camp led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the assassinated ex-premier's son.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Giorgio Armani criticises the way some gay men dress saying 'a man has to be a man'
It's Italian, but it's definitely not Italy: Stephen Wood visits Lampedusa, an island beyond the map's edge, where North Africa meets Rome and even the sharks are poets
Cycling in America: A revolution on two wheels
Astypalea, Greece: An isolated spot a world away from Athens
Inside Travel: Greece 2015 Q&A - should we cancel our Greek holiday? Are our flights safe? And what will we be spending there?
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£21K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Front of House Receptionist to provide th...
£24000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in Manchester, Lon...
Competitive (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a number of Marketi...
£20000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This well established business ...