Tourism Ministry Launches New Website
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The Tourism Ministry has officially launched its new website that was developed by a U.S. institution and funded by USAID in order to promote tourism in the country and boost the economy.
The website, www.destinationlebanon.gov.lb, was developed by the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and funded by a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The website features useful information for tourists on Lebanon's rural areas, restaurants, alternative lodgings, hotels, tour operators, historical, cultural, religious and archeological sites.
U.S. ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, said the idea behind building the website was "to strengthen rural tourism in Lebanon: to expand economic opportunities beyond the boundaries of Beirut by promoting the 90 percent of Lebanon most tourists never visit."
Feltman was speaking during a press conference held at the Tourism Ministry to mark the official transfer of the site to the Lebanese government.
"Today, we are proud to turn over the Destination Lebanon website to the Ministry of Tourism and we know that the project will be in excellent hands. This project embodies the firm, committed and long term relationship between the United States and Lebanon," Feltman said.
Tourism Minister Joe Sarkis said this important event would help "promote tourism in Lebanon and improve the technical abilities of the ministry to deliver better services."Sarkis has previously said he expects 1.5 million tourists to visit Lebanon this summer, which would revive the sector that suffered a severe blow after the assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri in February 2005.