“Cigarettes are like Women; the best ones are Thin and Rich”
So the Restaurant Syndicate in Lebanon is Lobbying through Facebook:
With the following caption: “The Lebanese Government tracks foreign nationality arrival statistics, check out the decrease in arrivals to Lebanon from 2011 to 2012 with the nationality breakdown:
Table: TOTAL ARRIVALS BY NATIONALITY FOR THE PERIOD OF: 2011-2012
Source: MINISTRY OF TOURISM: DEPARTMENT of STUDIES, RESEARCH, DOCUMENTATION”
Simple calculator, or just mental math shows that these numbers are more or less consistent and the drop is not significant. Actually the biggest drop is in Asian arrivals, pardon me while i become slightly assumptive: alot of Asians in Lebanon are mainly immigrant workers (in more colloquial language, cheap labor!) which have been facing more and more atrocities as the Lebanese ego inflates, being banned from public discourse and entertainment, etc. I’m not sure why we expect them to come over anyway.
Another factor: These numbers don’t show the arrivals of Lebanese living abroad, they equally arrive to Lebanon, rent cars, furnished apartments, go out, party, eat, and utilize services around the country without much deficit on the government’s wallet since tax money has never served a Lebanese citizen’s basic rights.
This is an argument for argument’s sake simply because i’m sick and tired of lying slogans that are just bullshit with a slogan! If restaurants in Lebanon were more affordable, hygienic, appreciative, treat Lebanese and “other Arabs” equally, etc etc.. i’m sure it won’t solve the tourism problem but at least it would sustain some local market!
Another Fallacy: 35,000 Lebanese citizens die each year with smoking as a direct cause, I’m 100% pro banning smoking indoors, etc, but seriously that number is not even remotely logical! You can sell me the truth, even though it may not be media buzz trendy, at least it’s sustainable and true.