Just the perfect example to prove how tourism is vital to Lebanon.
According to the below graph compiled by The Economist (based on the United Nations World Tourism Organisation – UNWTO) tourists visiting Lebanon are second in the world in their spending after Australia; these are 2010 figures, with the spending figure calculated per tourist, with the figure standing at $3,000+ for Lebanon. The challenge is to keep increasing the number of tourists now!
If the cost of living is taken into consideration, I think Lebanon will take the top spot (or India). These two countries are presumably cheaper than the rest in the same chart. The two mentioned African countries are likely to be near the top too.
I am not sure if our tourists are big spenders, or we are good in sucking money out of people, or a bit of both. But it’s not bad, considering this is more than what I spend on my holiday!