Friday, July 31, 2009

First CNN, now BBC News. Beirut Tourism is booming

It all started with New York Times stating that Beirut is the #1 place to visit in 2009 among other 44 top cities in the world last January, and then for the past 3 to 4 days, the famous CNN video that has been circulating all emails and blogs, the video is about Beirut being the best party city, showing beaches, festivals, ruins and our famous Hookah, to be followed today by this article on BBC News .

"The numbers have doubled, and I am not surprised. Lebanon has it all: the environment, weather, nature, nightlife, ruins and history - and we are still the cheapest country to visit in the Middle East," says Mr. Marouni.

And finally, without forgetting, this blog, Independence05.com that has been promoting tourism and places to visit in Lebanon (on the right pane of the blog) for the past 3 years. I'd like to think I brought in to Lebanon a tourist or two.

It seems like Beirut/Lebanon is now the talk of the international town, the article or video or any form of video always states what a horrible and dark and sad place Beirut was for the past 4 years and how it is booming now. Analysis and synthesis are being provided, but really, if you ask any Lebanese they will tell you, we knew that. We partied while there was war to be honest, but media always reports the bomb and the ugly. But I will make it short because I am at work, on this blog and many other Lebanese blogs we all hoped for the elections 2009 to go by smoothly because we knew if it did, then we will get the best summer in Lebanon in years.

Enjoy Lebanon.



1 comment:

  1. I finally found a mention of article which is the best allotment for me as well. CNN can report might be upset by reading and watching.I'm sure CNN news that nothing's news unless they report here. Thanks bro for this posting.
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