Sunday, February 12, 2006

Tourists Are Back

I took these pictures from the mountains surrounding the "cabane" slopes in Faraya yesterday

Tourists are back. The Phoenicia and Vendome hotels in Beirut have witnessed 100 percent occupancy rates for weeks. The riots in Acharafieh on "Black Sunday" have not changed this fact.
Yesterday, Gulf Arabs, Iraqis, Jordanians and Europeans were all over Faraya's slopes and hotels. Rooms at the Mzaar Intercontinental and at the Chez Michel Hotel were full.

If only Lebanese politicians could stop their dangerous bickering and concentrate on development and wealth creation in their areas, then Lebanon would be better off economically.

After being absent for a year, a Bahraini friend of mine who has just bought an apartment in Greater Beirut told me a couple of days ago that there is no country like Lebanon in the region. And Dubai could never offer what Beirut offers.


Blogger Raja said...

Oh man! I miss those slopes!

12 February, 2006 14:28  
Anonymous ghassan said...

Some foreigners at the slopes, two full hotels and a personal Bahraini freind of yours allow you to conclude that "Tourists are Back". That borders on being irresponsible.

12 February, 2006 19:08  

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