Tourists to Lebanon up 17.8 percent in first 9 monthsBookmark this
BEIRUT: The number of incoming tourists to Lebanon totaled 1,694,662 in the first nine months of 2010, constituting an increase of 17.8 percent from 1,438,619 tourists in the same period last year, as reported by Byblos Bank’s Lebanon This Week.
Arab tourists accounted for 33.4 percent of total visitors and were followed by visitors from Europe with 21.5 percent, Asia with 22.2 percent, the Americas with 13.1 percent, Africa with 7 percent and Oceania with 2.8 percent.
The number of tourists reached 202,529 in September 2010, constituting a rise of 31.8 percent from 153,674 in September 2009.
Tourists from Asia accounted for 44.7 percent of total visitors in September 2010, followed by visitors from Africa with 22.3 percent, the Americas with 17.8 percent, Europe with 10.2 percent, Oceania with 3.4 percent and Arab countries with 1.5 percent.
Incoming tourists totaled 1.9 million in 2009, up 39 percent year on year and constituting the highest growth rate in the world in tourist arrivals last year. – The Daily Star