Berri Expects ‘Tourist Boom’ if Govt. Resolves Chronic Files

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Speaker Nabih Berri said he expects Lebanon to witness a “tourist boom” if the newly formed government focused on addressing the problematic issues of electricity, waste management and corruption, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

“The policy statement should focus on fundamental issues, first and foremost the electricity file in order to stop the squandering there. Second, the waste management issue because it affects the environment and people’s health. Third, the most important issue of corruption which should be a priority for the new government,” said Berri.

Shall Lebanon succeed at addressing these “three issues, only then can we say that the country is taking the first step towards self salvation,” added Berri, noting that it will pave way for “tourist attraction ahead of the Spring and Summer seasons.”

On the government policy statement, to be drafted by a 10-minister committee, Berri noted “there are no disagreements over the statement. I believe it can be devised in a week or less.”

Berri said a government confidence vote could be held next week if the policy statement was devised and approved in the Cabinet and referred to the parliament soon.

Comments 5
Thumb thepatriot 04 February 2019, 10:56

AHAHAHAHAHA... tourist boom? Only if the government solves the very tiny issues of electricity (unsolved for 30 years), waste management, and corruption (unsolved since the 80's)... lool... and then of course, the fact that we are in Ebola land, that weapons run freely in the country, that we are too expensive, that our taxi drivers are thugs and crooks, the religious tensions, the traffic, etc, etc... Berri is funny...

Thumb justin 04 February 2019, 12:14

What do we have to offer tourists?

Thumb s.o.s 04 February 2019, 15:47

A brown sea with floating toilet paper, an unbreathable capital, the thrills of being at risk of being abducted by some Shia gang... and much more!

Missing rabiosa 04 February 2019, 17:02

There must be major projects that needs the go ahead and he's buying time. As nothing ever gets done in Lebanon without passing through Beri's desk and getting his cut. I am from the south. I had a debate once when I was home a people complain about everything like tourists hardly step foot in the south. I was like why would any foreign or arab tourist want to come here, where your streets are lines up with trash, dumpsters being burned, chaos on the street, no traffic laws and on top of all every fucking way you turn you have yellow and green flags and martyr this and martyr that. It's as if you are in Tehran and not southern Lebanon.

Thumb whyaskwhy 04 February 2019, 19:51

I beleive he is thinking about Iranian and Iraqi tourist that would be added to the Syrian echelon who have been granted Lebanese citizenship that will come to Lebanons aid through tourism. I can see it now the hordes of Iranians in their long garbs filling up the restaurants and hotels in Lebanon with their love for culture. Yes the bar music will be overflowing through the busy nightlife Brummana and beit merri with the heavy bass of Abdulghaffar Beinitjanis latest techno vibes.