lol JD, even if you were correct about Beirut - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zvi
    • 09.05.10 | 04:23 (IDT)

    (which I doubt, and which is CERTAINLY not true of, for example, the US) there are far, far more tourists who would like to visit Israel than Lebanon, Israel and Jordan put together could possibly hope to satisfy. Israel only has about 6 million people; 400000 tourists per year is nearly 10% of the population flowing through the country in a year. The Israelis don't perceive any rivalry with Beirut because there is essentially none. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are not competing with Beirut or with Petra, Jordan. People who want to visit the holy sites in Israel, or the Red Sea, or other Israeli attractions, won't be looking for Lebanon, will they? If anything, travel to one country in the region makes travel to the others more likely, as package trips to Israel and Jordan or Egypt have shown. If Syria, Iran and their proxies did not keep making a mess of Lebanon, and Lebanon signed a peace agreement with Israel, then the obvious result would be tourist packages that brought tourists in to see the entire Levant - helping Lebanon's tourist industry rather than hurting it. Beyrouthy #2 is right though... . :)

    from the article: Russian tourists flock to Tel Aviv instead of vacationing in Europe
    First published 01:14 07.05.10 | Last updated 01:14 07.05.10
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