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Musharrafieh to WTO: Tourism sector main pillar to salvage Lebanon from bitter reality

Jul 07

Musharrafieh to WTO: Tourism sector main pillar to salvage Lebanon from bitter reality

NNA - Minister of Tourism, Ramzi Musharrafieh, on Monday partook in the 46th meeting of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Committee for the Middle East, chaired by the United Arab Emirates. The meeting discussed the challenges experienced by the Middle East region within the tourism sector amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.


'It is no secret that Lebanon today suffers from numerous economic and social problems; the Coronavirus pandemic has only come to increase the severity of these problems and place additional burdens on the Lebanese people and state institutions as a whole,' Musharrafieh said.


'The tourism sector is one of the most important elements of the national economy, and we consider it the main pillar to lift Lebanon from its grim reality and to retrieve its distinguished status and pioneering role on the regional and international tourism map,' Lebanon's Tourism Minister added.


'Today, we are looking forward to implementing practical recommendations that will accelerate recovery from the negative ramifications on the tourism sector -- the sector mostly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic,' he added.


Musharrafieh concluded, 'We highly value the efforts exerted by the World Tourism Organization, especially in the framework of supporting governments and accelerating the recovery of this vital sector.'

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