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Lebanon Travel and Tourism

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Lebanon , officially the Lebanese Republic , is a country in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. Lebanon established a unique political system in 1942, known as confessionalism, a community-based power-sharing mechanism. It was created when the ruling French mandatory powers expanded the borders of the former autonomous Ottoman Mount Lebanon district that was mostly populated by Maronite Catholics and Druze. Lebanon was the historic home of the Phoenicians, a maritime culture that flourished for more than 3,000 years . Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the five provinces that comprise present-day Lebanon were mandated to France. The country gained independence in 1943, and French troops withdrew in 1946. Before the Lebanese Civil War , the country enjoyed a period of relative calm and prosperity, driven by tourism, agriculture, and banking. It is considered one of the banking capitals of Western Asia, and during its heyday was known to some as the "Switzerland of the East" due to its financial power and diversity at the time. Lebanon also attracted large numbers of tourists to the point that the capital Beirut was referred to as "Paris of the Middle East." Immediately following the end of the war, there were extensive efforts to revive the economy and rebuild national infrastructure. Until July 2006, a considerable degree of stability had been achieved throughout much of the country, Beirut's reconstruction was almost complete, and an increasing number of foreign tourists were pouring into Lebanon's resorts. This was until the one month long 2006 Lebanon War, between the Israeli military and Hezbollah, which caused significant civilian death and serious damage to Lebanon's civil infrastructure. The conflict lasted from 12 July 2006 until a cessation of hostilities call, by the UN Security Council, went into effect on 14 August 2006.

   
 
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People and Weather of Lebanon - Beirut
People and Weather of Lebanon People The people of Lebanon comprise a wide variety of ethnic groups and religions, with the majority split between Muslim (Shi'a, Sunni) and Christian (Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Greek-Catholic Melkites, Armenians, Copts). Other smaller groups include Druze and Allawites. There are a large number (over 300,000) of Palestinian refugees in the country. The population increases dramatically in the Summer months (June to September), due to the large number of tourists from other Middle Eastern countries and the temporary return of a large number of the Lebanese diaspora. In general, be aware that each group is quite likely to dislike any one of the others and is not going to be circumspect about expressing this....

To know about the food and drink of Lebanon befor travel - Beirut
To know about the food and drink of Lebanon befor travel Eat Lebanon fosters exquisite cuisine ranging from a mezza of vegetarian dishes such as tabouleh, fattoush, and warak anab to delicious dips like hommos and moutabal. Must haves include Lebanese barbeque such as shish tawouk (barbequed chicken)- usually consumed with garlic, lahm mishwe (barbequed meat, and kafta (another form of barbequed meat). A full meal at an arabic restaurant can cost as little as 8 us dollars (12000 LL). Lebanese fast food is also available as sandwiches offered in roadside shops, such as shawarma sandwiches (known in other countries as doner - or gyros in greece. Shawarma, as opposed to doner is seasoned with tarator sauce based on sesame oil, vegetables and is rolled in lebanese ...

UNWTO stands behind Lebanon - Beirut
UNWTO stands behind Lebanon UNWTO is confident that Lebanon will be able to reconstruct its tourism sector and continue being an attractive international travel destination. UNWTO and its members stand behind Lebanon, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Francesco Frangialli. Our sector is only a part of the losses suffered in Lebanon, but tourism is of great importance for the economic recovery and development of the whole country, he added. The Organization held a joint press conference with the Ministers of Tourism for Lebanon and Jordan, as a first example of UNWTO's intensive support and vote of confidence in Lebanon's very positive tourism future. Minister of Tourism of Lebanon Joseph Sarkis said there are already signs that regional...

Tourism must be brought back to Lebanon - Beirut
Tourism must be brought back to Lebanon The United Nations World Tourism Organization said efforts were needed to be undertaken in order to promote tourism in Lebanon. The Secretary-General of the UNWTO told ministers from Islamic countries on Friday that he wants to see a strong effort made to redevelop the industry in Lebanon. Only tourism can provide sufficient contact on a personal level to help put war-ravaged Lebanon back on its feet, Francesco Frangialli told a gather of about 60 ministers in Madrid. The ministers were in Madrid to assess the effect of the recent Israeli offensive in Lebanon and the affects it has had on the tourism industry. Tourism is a key source of income for Lebanon in recent years. According to AFP, approximately 1.3...