Arabs visiting Lebanon in 2010 constituted 42 percent of the total number of tourists, or 894,724 out of 2,167,989 visitors, according to Al-Markazia.

Jordanian tourists ranked in first place because of the abolition of visa requirements between Lebanon and Jordan. “Jordanian tourists’ number reached 274,615,” the statement said. Saudi tourists ranked in second place with 191,066 Saudis visiting in 2010.

“Saudi tourists are usually great contributors to the Lebanese economy because they spend more than any other tourists,” the statement said. It added that the Saudi government had called upon its citizens to avoid visiting Lebanon after the latest security developments that took place in the country amid a political crisis, and this is likely to have a negative impact on the tourism sector.

“This is why Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati held a meeting with the Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Assiri asking him to clarify the reasons behind the Saudi government’s announcement.” Al-Markazia added that Iraqi tourists ranked in third place and in fourth place came Kuwaitis.
Source: The Daily Star