He revealed that “reservations are not limited to the months of October and November, but extend until 2024.”
According to Abboud, “the prosperity of European tourism is attributed to communication with tourism stakeholders in these countries through international exhibitions”, revealing a desire to put Lebanon on the tourist map despite all the current circumstances.
He underlined that “what is striking is the emergence of new tourist markets, because to Italian, French and Spanish tourists are now added tourists from the Balkans and Baltic countries such as Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, and Bulgaria.”
He announced that “tourist groups come from Latin America, Mexico and Poland, and that important markets are relaunching, such as the Japanese market which has requested the renewal of relations and the creation of tourism programs in Lebanon.”
Abboud pointed out that “the continued influx of groups of new nationalities” indicates that “tourist recruitment in these new markets is becoming almost sustainable.”
He also noted that “there are some concerns about the security situation, particularly following the events in the Ain al-Hilweh camp and in the south, where these tourist groups have excluded the southern region from their itineraries of travel”.