SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 17 June 2021, Thursday | النسخة العربية

Either tourism or a bag of milk

In light of the unprecedented economic collapse, outbound travel have become impossible for Lebanese. In 2020, outbound travel have dropped by 95 percent, as in previous years more than 70,000 families traveled from Lebanon to several countries around the world.

Samara Abdel Wahid, director of a travel and tourism agency, told “Sawt Beirut International” correspondent Ghassan Farran that “inbound and outbound tourism is witnessing several hurdles, as coronavirus pandemic have disrupted the global touristic sector and affected it sharply. Almost all countries imposed tough restrictions, closed its borders, and halted issuing travel visas, and this has raised prices dramatically. Global tourism have decreased by about 90 percent, however Abdel Wahid said that “the possibility of closing travel offices is weak, as there are some people who wish to travel, either for work or for family visits.” She added that the situation would have been better if Covid-19 does not exist, because Lebanon has become affordable for tourists who spend in dollars due to devaluation and the drop in the Lebanese pound which have lost 90 percent of its value.

Lebanese citizens do not have any ambitions to travel for tourism amid these tough conditions, as all what they care about now is securing the priorities, which is mainly milk and oil. .