Salam and Pharaon at the launch of the Ministry of Tourism's “Rural Tourism Strategy in Lebanon" at the Grand Serail, Wednesday, February 11, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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Lebanon's tourism industry will forever be stymied if the security situation remains unresolved, Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Wednesday.Salam also applauded the new tourism strategy aimed at expanding tourism activities to the countryside and rural areas, which will promote development and the preservation of heritage.Salam proceeded to laud Lebanon's "unique" natural landscapes, in what resembled an ode to Lebanon's "scenic" mountains, hills, valleys and rivers.Besides Salam, Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige, Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk and other political figures also attended the event.
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