Med­i­tour 2014

Lebanon Traveler - - NEWS -

On 27 Novem­ber, Barcelona hosted the sixth edi­tion of the Mediter­ranean Tourism Fo­rum (Med­i­tour 2014) which was or­ga­nized by the Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture of Beirut and Mount-le­banon and The As­so­ci­a­tion of the Mediter­ranean Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (ASCAME). It had a spe­cial fo­cus on Le­banon, reaf­firm­ing Beirut’s rep­u­ta­tion as a ma­jor in­tel­lec­tual, cul­tural and tourist cen­ter in the Eastern Mediter­ranean. The fo­rum dis­cussed the cre­ation of the Mediter­ranean Tourism Agency and the in­vest­ment of over USD 1 tril­lion to de­velop Mediter­ranean tourism. In­agu­rated by Min­is­ter of Tourism, Michel Pharaon and Pres­i­dent of ASCAME and the Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture of Beirut and Mount-le­banon, Mo­hamed Chou­cair, many other ma­jor play­ers in Barcelona tourism were also present. The fo­rum fo­cused on re­cov­er­ing from the tourism cri­sis af­fect­ing coun­tries in the Mediter­ranean. The ses­sion fo­cus­ing on Le­banon was mod­er­ated by the Gen­eral Direc­tor of the Min­istry of Tourism in Le­banon Nada Sar­douk and dis­cussed the chal­lenges of tourism in Le­banon with guests that in­cluded the Pres­i­dent of Syn­di­cate of Le­banon Ho­tel own­ers, Pierre Achkar; Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Eco­tourism, Rafic Baz­erji; Pres­i­dent of Syn­di­cate of Own­ers of Restau­rants, Cafes, Night­clubs and Pastries in Le­banon; Paul Ariss; Pres­i­dent of Beited­dine Fes­ti­val, Nora Joum­blat; Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Travel and Tourism Agents in Le­banon, Jean Ab­boud; Pres­i­dent of By­b­los Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Coun­cil in Le­banon, Ziad el Hawat; Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Hos­pi­tal­ity Ser­vices, Joumana Da­mous and the Of­fice Manager of Solid­ere, Miche­line Abi Samra.


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