Zaitunay Bay port and Beirut hotels, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Most hotels in Lebanon are barely able to break even despite a slight improvement in the number of visitors this year, the head of the hotel association owners has said.Ashkar, who owns and operates two five-star hotels in Lebanon, including the Monroe Hotel, said the facility had a very good year in 2010 .Despite occupancy rates of 80 percent and 75 percent in July and August respectively, the Ramada Hotel Beirut lost 5 percent of its occupancy and 10 percent of its revenue compared to summer 2017 .Lancaster Hotels and Suites, which has four hotels and residencies in Beirut, experienced an 80 percent occupancy rate this summer, according to General Manager Bilal Arnaout.Some hotels have admitted that business picked up this year, but said it is still far from the peak periods of 2009 and 2010 .Le Gray Hotel achieved a 70 percent occupancy rate this summer, a figure Rita Saed, director of marketing, said is "better than last year".
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