Trash floats near the shore in Zouk Mosbeh, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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When Lebanon's tourism minister held a conference that included the major players from the tourism and hospitality industry, it was expected that finally this elite group would address citizens' grievances regarding sea pollution, exorbitant prices to access beaches or touristic sites and unprecedented confusion while receiving tourists arriving at Beirut's airport.As far as exorbitant prices are concerned, the weak argument that these are mere rumors, and the claim that in some cases the hefty fees are justified due to above-standard service, is utter rubbish and nothing more than a desperate attempt to gloss over attempts to gouge the Lebanese.Access to beaches has become the purview of only the wealthy because it prices out middle-class families, who would have to allocate a third of their salaries to access beaches, most of which are grabbed illegally by greedy politicians. The media in Lebanon is the country's last line of defense.
A festering contagion
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