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Religious cultural tourism to reposition Lebanon on world map

17-5-2017

The Religious Cultural Tourism unit at the Council of Ministers launched yesterday the first phase of the religious cultural tourism project at the Grand Serail under the headline, ‘celebrating our diversity’. Prime Minister Saad Hariri, on the occasion, underlined the importance of the project which he said “is more than economic- and better described as national and humanitarian, (Local) Lebanese and cross-continental,” that will reposition the country on the world religious tourism map. For his part, tourism minister, Avedis Guidanian, pointed to his ministry’s laborious efforts to promote tourism in the country in all its aspects, notably religious tourism “which belongs to all faiths,” as he put it. He mentioned the strategy set by the ministry to develop the infrastructure of religious sites and the rehabilitation of a number of tracks that include religious monuments from different regions and sects. He maintained that the initiative will grow to cover the various religious landmarks across Lebanon, uncovering collaboration with Italy to this effect, in light of extensive experience it boasts in the field. In the same vein, project coordinator, Rula Ajooz, disclosed a plan to build a list of 250 out of over 2000 heritage religious sites scattered all over the country. (An Nahar, Al Diyar, Al Mustaqbal, May 15, 2017)

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