The Ministry of Tourism on Monday issued its tourism statistics for the month of July and reported a growth rate of 7.06% in the number of arriving tourists in comparison to July 2018, and has recorded an increase of 8% during the first seven months of this year in comparison to the same period last year.
"This growth would have been better had it not been for the security and political hurdles that shook the country last month, and thus affected the influx of tourists and reservations," Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian said.
"In terms of figures, hotel occupancy in Beirut ranged from 70 to 80 percent in July, and the percentage outside Beirut has reached 45 and 50 percent.
"The first seven months of this year registered a growth rate of 8 percent in comparison to the same period last year, which means that we exceeded last year's figures by an increase of 90,000 from different nationalities," he said.
It is to mention that the aforementioned statistics exclude Lebanese expatriates, Syrians, and Palestinians.
Source: National News Agency