Lebanon tourist numbers up

16 August 2009

Lebanon's tourism ministry has reported a record 1,007,352 visitors for the month of July, the majority of which included some 325,000 Lebanese expatriates and roughly as many Syrians, according to Breaking Travel News website. The figure also included a small but rapidly growing number of Europeans, with close to 79,000 arrivals in July from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Saudi Arabians and tourists from other Arab states are also on the rise. Reservations for the holy month of Ramadan, which starts around August 22, are 'very strong,' the ministry has said.

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