The Head of the Lebanese tourism and environment committee of the economy and development council, Amin Khayat, recently held a press conference at the Howard Johnson’s Hotel in Beirut, in which he conveyed a pessimistic message, stating that the local tourism sector is currently facing bankruptcy and a complete breakdown.
According to Al-Safir newspaper, Khayat added that the hotel sector is the most severely threatened. He described the tourism sector in Lebanon as one of the most vital economic segments in the country, due to the tremendous amount of liquidity brought in by it to the national treasury.
Referring to the recent disappointment from the Asian Football Cup Championship Tournament, Khayat stated that the imposition of a $10 fee on every arriving visitor to this event damaged the country’s rate of incoming tourists. He added, that the reservations made by individuals, along with dozens of conferences and thousands of rooms were cancelled because of this inappropriate fee.
In regard to the future, Khayat called on the representatives of this sector to achieve strength through the implementing of a comprehensive plan. He suggested the including of the southern Lebanese regions, especially the coastal ones, in future development plans. He also recommended the preventing of unplanned buildings constructed in these regions and the preparation of modern building designs and maps for southern Lebanon. — (Albawaba-MEBG)