Hotel occupancy increased to slightly over 60 percent from 45 percent the same period last year.
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Lebanon's tourism and trade sectors started witnessing a slight improvement following the election of a president, representatives of the two sectors said.Likewise, Nicolas Chammas, head of Beirut Traders Association, said that people from the Gulf and namely from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Emirates have started coming to Lebanon again but in small numbers.However, he added, that despite the positive outlook created by the election of a president it is still too soon to see a remarkable change in trade activity. Beiruti reiterated Chammas' comments by saying that once a government is formed, activity in both sectors will pick up.
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