BEIRUT: Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon announced his plan to launch a five-year national strategy aimed at boosting rural tourism in Lebanon.
The minister announced his plan during a visit to Nabaa al-Safa to check on the waste cleaning work implemented by the “Darb Al Jabal” association in cooperation with volunteers from Ain Zahalta and the Chouf.
In his speech, Pharaon emphasized the importance of rural tourism and the need to rationalize water consumption in order to help the tourism sector in rural areas.
He added that he is working with concerned parties in the country to solve the water shortage issue which was caused by the drop in rainfall rates in Lebanon during the past fall season.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 15, 2014, on page 5.