Launching a new temple dedicated to cultural entertainment in the heart of Beirut might seem counterintuitive at the present time, an endeavor for an adventurous, postmodern-mind. In this part of the world, where civilizations became subject to merciless destruction by – medieval times if not more ancient – raging barbarian hordes, Michel Elefteriades took on the role of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo who had decided to build an opera in the middle of a jungle. Here Breaking Travel News visits for a night at one of the hottest tickets in town.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has warned British travellers the political situation in Lebanon is making it increasingly dangerous there. FCO advice warns against all travel to Palestinian refugee camps in the country, as well as to within five kilometers of the Syrian Border, and the Hermel Area, including Arsal, Baalbek.
On the eve of Arabian Travel Market, BTN spoke to Joyce Mouawad, Head of Sales & Marketing Director, Le Royal Hotels & Resorts – Beirut, about Lebanon’s renaissance as the French Riviera of the Middle East.
The return of Lebanon’s tourism industry was confirmed by its tourism ministry this week, which reported a record one million visitors for the month of July. The figure also included a small but rapidly growing number of Europeans, with close to 79,000 arrivals in July from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Lebanon’s tourism industry has registered a 30 percent increase in inbound visitors in 2008 to 1.3 million, according to new figures released by Lebanese government. The huge rise is being attributed to a new peace agreement made by the government last year.