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Two million tourists visited in 2018: Guidanian

BEIRUT: Some 2 million tourists visited Lebanon in 2018, caretaker Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian said at a cultural conference Thursday, according to the state-run National News Agency. The caretaker minister was quoted as saying that Lebanon saw an increase of 300,000 tourists between 2017 and 2018, despite “the foreign media that insists on portraying a bad image of Lebanon.” In February last year, BLOM Bank reported that Lebanon’s tourist numbers had reached a 10-year high at 1.87 million, “driven by bigger numbers of tourists coming from Europe, the Arab countries and the Americas.” Guidanian was attending a conference run by the Lebanese American University entitled “XII Euro-Mediterranean Intercultural Dialogue on the Phoenicians Route 2019,” where he was the keynote speaker. The Phoenicians Route is a European Union initiative that “aims to foster Mediterranean intercultural dialogue,” by “linking three countries and over 100 towns, originating from ancient Mediterranean civilizations,” according to the European Union.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 11, 2019, on page 2.




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