Tourism Ministry Launches New Website

(Taken from here)
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.


At Sunday, June 18, 2006 2:22:00 PM, Blogger JoseyWales said...

What kind of third-world hell hole are we?

A couple of professionals and 3 students should be able to design and set up a website.

Is there nothing we can do without foreign help, other than making asses of ourselves?

At Sunday, June 18, 2006 3:51:00 PM, Blogger a h m a d said...

Thanks Delirious for this post; I think this website should help tourists especially that USA had to put its hand to get it done.

On the other hand with 150,000$ for a website design, I should switch to the website design industry. :)

At Sunday, June 18, 2006 6:19:00 PM, Blogger hashem said...

3wwadnakom bel 3afyeh!

At Sunday, June 18, 2006 6:28:00 PM, Blogger Ghassan said...

The website in question is professionally done and has all sorts of information(restaurants, pubs, Bakeries) all throughout the country. It is worth every penny that has been spent on it and dare I suggest that it is superior to most other websites that I have seen in Lebanon. It is a sad fact, but it is a fact nonetheless, that the Lebanese are not as computer literate as some of us think they should be. How can they be computer literate when broadband is practically nonexistent and home computers are still considered a luxury? Let us not loose sight of the fact that the absolute majority of the Lebanese work for $300-$500 a month. This level of income does not allow people to spend on education or electronic frills.

At Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:05:00 PM, Blogger Delirious said...

Ghassan, I know for a fact that a perfectly professionally done website can be designed for around 20,000 USD tops.
Granted, not all Lebanese are as computer literate as some of us think they should be, but this is not the point. (Not to mention that developing such a site would probably only need a handful of computer literate people, which are most certainly available in the country... Seek and you shall find!)
The point is that the US of A kindly granted Lebanon the sum of 150,000 USD to develop and boost its tourism sector.
W enough said :)

At Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:21:00 PM, Blogger Lazarus said...


1 - it was "webserv" - a lebanese company - that designed the website.

2 - SRI International worked with INMA (another lebanese institute).

At Monday, June 19, 2006 1:32:00 AM, Blogger Ghassan said...

It strikes me that $20,000.00 for a website design plus all the contents (for the whole country) would border on slave labour in my book. Just think about the time and effort that is needed in order to collect and arrange all the data!!!! In the final analysis what is important is that the website is there and I hope that it proves to be helpful because the country is in dire need of all sorts of assistance.

At Wednesday, June 21, 2006 5:52:00 PM, Blogger francois said...

u should try to read the french version of the web site ..

il i a plin de fôte d'ortografe

what a shame for a governemental website .... and for a country that is belonging to the "organisation francophone"


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