The Federation of Arab Tourism met in Beirut on Tuesday (January 23). The tourism ministers?
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Background: The Federation of Arab Tourism met in Beirut on Tuesday (January 23). The tourism ministers of seven Arab nations met to discuss ways of organising and coordinating tourism in their countries.
The meeting's chairman, Mr. Hassan El Hassan of Lebanon, praised the work of the federation in promoting Arab tourist attractions abroad. Other representatives at the meeting said Lebanon should be the example of a successful tourist programme. Lebanon derives about 67 per cent of its national income from service -- largely tourism.
The countries taking part in the meeting, out of which are expected to come recommendations for joint action by the national tourist agencies, were Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria and Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: The Federation of Arab Tourism met in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday. The tourism ministers of seven Arab nations were discussing ways to jointly promote the flagging tourist trade, hard hit by political tensions and travel restrictions.
The meeting was opened by Hassan El Hassan, Lebanon's tourism minister. He and the chief of the tourist board praised the federation's work in promoting Arab tourist sites.
Delegates said Lebanon, which derives 75 per cent of its income from service -- largely tourism -- was an example to be followed by the other members.
The ministers were concerned about travel restrictions by members of the federation, that have cut local travel, and tensions in the area scaring away foreign tourists.