Tourism within Mideast to grow in 2009, says report

22 July 2009

A new report by the World Tourism Organization says tourism within Arab countries is expected to rise between 2 to 6% this year as residents, wary of the new H1N1 flu and looking to save money during the financial crisis, opt to travel within the region. The number of tourists visiting Jordan is not expected to decline this year, with more than half of the total 4.8 million Arab tourists planning to spend their holidays there in 2009, while an estimated 2 million tourists, mostly Arabs, are expected to visit Lebanon, the report said.

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