The number of tourist arrivals recovered in 2015 for the second year running, but a true rebound for the sector is still not attained. The purchasing power of visitors is more crucial than their number and whether or not the recovery in the tourism sector will extend into 2016 highly depends on local and regional stability.
Tourist arrivals to Lebanon have been on a steady decline since the eruption of the Arab spring but have shown their second yearly recovery in 2015. Following three years of regressing tourist activity due to local instability and spillovers from the neighboring Syrian war, data from the Ministry of Tourism showed a 12% yearly growth in tourist arrivals to 1,517,904 tourists in 2015.
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2015 Another Recovery Year for the Lebanese Tourism Sector