Hospitality & Tourism articles

Too many plates on the table?

Too many plates on the table?

In a letter to his son’s teacher, Abraham Lincoln wrote that “only the test of fire makes fine steel”. Lebanon’s food and beverage (F&B) operators have been through several tough tests of fire over the past five years, including a decrease in tourism and dwindling local purchasing power. Nevertheless, they have emerged more seasoned and

When chips meet innovation

The Lebanese potato chips market is dominated by two main local producers. But small scale productions – such as the chips produced by supermarkets Dfouni or Goodies – have always had their loyal consumers who say they prefer the artisanal homemade taste of these chips to the mass produced ones. Recently, two reputable food establishments

The spud kings

Potatoes are a staple of Lebanese cuisine. When boiled, they are often eaten as a remedy for stomach ache. When fried, they serve as a quick and cheap meal as the filling of a sandwich or as an accompaniment to the traditional Sunday barbeque lunch. About 20 years ago, serious contenders in locally produced potato

When nostalgia meets luxury

Ask almost any Beirut resident about Summerland Hotel & Resort and they will get a misty eyed look before recounting a childhood memory involving the waterfall “cascades”, clubbing at the hotel’s legendary nightclub or celebrating a wedding on the private sandy beach. The list of memories of this historic resort goes on and on. Opened

Hotels bridge troubled financial waters

From the fifteen year long Civil War which began in 1975, to the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, to the sit-ins in downtown Beirut in 2007 and numerous other disruptions, it seems that Lebanon is always either in crisis or recovering from one. This roller coaster of stability has had a negative

What’s in a nationality?

Walk into most restaurants serving sushi in Lebanon and you will almost certainly not see a local rolling up your makis. Though the majority of sushi chefs in Lebanon hail from the Philippines, Vietnam or Thailand, there are two or three restaurants that boast Japanese chefs preparing your Japanese meal. Restaurant owners Executive spoke to

Sushi nation

Back in 2003, T-shirts with the slogan: “Sushi: Traditional Lebanese Dish” were spotted being worn by young fashionistas across Beirut, illustrating the glowing success of this staple Japanese dish in Lebanon. Thirteen years later and the Lebanese passion for sushi does not seem to be ebbing away. On the contrary, the estimated number of restaurants

Advertising alcohol: the business of selling responsibly

Just like all commodities, alcohol revenues are significantly impacted by successful branding and marketing campaigns. When well-crafted advertisements are relatable to consumers, these promotions ultimately influence their perceptions and increase the product’s popular appeal.    Marketing budgets Alcohol distributors Executive spoke to say that Lebanon, in comparison to other countries in the region, is an

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