High-spending Saudi tourists have contributed over 22 percent to Lebanon’s total tourism revenues over the last ten months of 2009, according to a report by research firm Global Refund released Saturday.
Emirati and Kuwaiti nationals came second, both contributing 12 percent over the same period. Third were Egyptian tourists with seven percent and Syrians fourth with six percent. Arab tourists made up 42.2 percent of total tourists to Lebanon in the past ten months followed by Europeans at 24.1 percent.
Asians came in at third with a total of 14.1 percent and Americans with 13.1 percent. Tourists from Oceania and Africa came at the bottom of the list with 3.5 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
Tourism spending was concentrated in the capital Beirut, with an 80 percent share.