Visitors flock to Jbeil, a UNESCOheritage site, throughout the summer.
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A stroll through the millennia-old port city of Byblos on a weekend night delivers a stark contrast to the scene of empty restaurants and thinly populated tourist sites that have prevailed for the last several years in much of Lebanon.While other festivals in the country have been affected by the security situation, the stability in Jbeil has enabled the Byblos International Festival to consistently draw in visitors over seven weeks each summer.Although the festival remains popular, Latifee Lakkis, president of the Byblos International Festival, acknowledged that this year was "not like other years," due to a dip in consumer spending. Lakkis said that the festival relied on Lebanese visitors to fill the seats, with attendees living abroad and visiting Lebanon for the summer.The tourism minister remains optimistic that the tourism sector will endure by continuing to grow and develop.
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