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VAT tax returns registered an increase of 51.39 percent in the first 12 days of September, reflecting a surge in the number of Arab Gulf tourists who purchased items from Lebanon. The managing director of Global Blue, the company which was designated by the Finance Ministry to reimburse the value added tax purchases to tourists in Lebanon, said the consumer tax return in the first 12 days of September 2017 jumped by 51.39 percent, adding that the bulk of the tourists reimbursed were from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.The last time Lebanon saw such a significant surge in the number of Arab tourists were in 2009 and 2010 .Only tourists are reimbursed the VAT on purchases in Lebanon in a bid to boost the tourism industry.
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