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Street riots and the absence of Arab tourists dashed any remaining hope for the revival of the tourism season as many hotels reported a large number of room cancelations.Saade said the hotel was planning to host an engagement party Sunday but it was called off due to the deteriorating situation in the area.Likewise, Toni Rami, president of the syndicate of restaurants owners, said that restaurants and hotels are suffering tremendously from the current protests. However, hotels interviewed by The Daily Star said there are already very few nationals from the Gulf staying in the hotels.Hotels interviewed by The Daily Star said that their occupancy rate during Eid al-Fitr and up until before the recent protests reached 80 percent."We were doing really well but protests led to a drop in our occupancy by 10 percent," Kanaan said. He added that the hotel should have maintained its 80 percent occupancy rate until mid-September if it wasn't for the recent events.
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