File - Arab tourists walk in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon Monday said he expected activity in the tourism sector to pick up this summer due to an improvement in the security situation, but industry officials say the failure to elect a new president might hamper the forecast momentum.Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Assiri announced Friday that his country no longer had a travel ban in place preventing its citizens from traveling to Lebanon.Pharaon expressed his optimism about the coming summer season, saying that security is the most important prerequisite for successful tourism momentum.However, industry officials believe that the failure to elect a new president on time may have negative repercussions for the tourism sector this year.They will always have question marks about Lebanon," he added.He said that most people who traveled to Lebanon were families that came in the summer and who would not want to take the risk to visit in such an unstable political situation.
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