Lebanon focuses on tourism to boost economic recovery

Lebanon focuses on tourism to boost economic recovery

Festivals and airport expansion are among the projects set to increase visitor numbers

Lebanon is hoping that the arrival of summer will lead to a surge in tourists that will help breathe new life into its struggling economy.

Minister of Tourism Walid Nassar projected that Lebanon could receive between 10,000 and 12,000 passengers a day – roughly one million passengers over the next three months – with an influx of Lebanese expatriates, returning home, joining the tourists expected to visit Lebanon.

Speaking about the summer season, Nassr said: “Lebanese expatriates and foreigners who love Lebanon will come to Lebanon and it will be a promising summer. Occupancy rates are full at airlines and hotels. ”

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The return of live events is set to coincide with the arrival of summer tourists. The Baalbeck International Festival is expected to be a major draw.

A highlight in Lebanon’s cultural events calendar for more than 60 years, the festival was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid-19 restrictions, but will be held in person this year from 8 to 17 July at Baalbek Castle.

 Four concerts are scheduled to take place throughout  the festival featuring Lebanese, Spanish and French musicians. The festival will open with a performance of traditional songs by Somaya Baalbaki.


To further continue recovery through travel and tourism, the country is set to launch an international tender for the construction of a new terminal at its only international airport.

Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport has been working at full capacity for years. The government’s expansion plans have been repeatedly delayed but after a period of stability, plans are now due to finally go ahead.

The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ali Hamie, confirmed that a tender for the US$70 million project to build a second terminal is being prepared. Once completed, Terminal 2 will be used to accommodate low-cost carriers and will increase its current capacity of eight million passengers to 20 million by 2030.

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