Hospitality & Tourism articles

Check-up or check-in?

Check-up or check-in?

Before October 17, 2019, most 4- and 5-star hotels in Beirut reported annual average room occupancy rates of 75 to 80 percent before the first coronavirus case in Lebanon was reported on February 21, 2020. This occupancy rate had been the norm since 2009 and most hotels expected that in 2019, they would exceed that

Executive Magazine’s September/October issue

Dear stakeholders in Lebanon’s return, dear friends with discerning minds, and all readers of Executive, We are proud to present you with the best-ever socioeconomic issue of Executive Magazine at this decisive moment for our country’s social and economic development. Our September – October 2020 issue is available to read online or for download and

Impact of COVID-19 and economic crises on Lebanon’s retailers

Storefront banners and text messages announcing extended clearance sales or “70 percent off” all merchandise have been part of Lebanon’s retail landscape since 2012. Executive has been reporting on the dwindling purchasing power among Lebanese and the overall decrease in tourists from wealthy GCC countries as the reasons behind the gradual decline of the retail

Executive Magazine’s July/August issue

It has been just over two weeks since the deadly Beirut Port explosion that killed at least 180, injured over 6,000, and left over a hundred thousand without homes. The impacts of this horrific event are still unfolding. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Lebanon’s most recent sit rep on

Q&A with Kamal Mouzwak on the impact of COVID-19 on Tawlet and Souk El Tayeb

After being closed down starting March 11 for almost eight weeks, due to measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon’s restaurants were allowed to re-open on May 4 as part of a phased easing of the lockdown. To learn more about considerations F&B operators were taking into account before reopening, Executive chatted beforehand

Lebanon’s economic crisis weighs heavy on F&B outlets and hotels

In Lebanon’s service-oriented economy, the hospitality and tourism sector is largely considered a beacon of strength. Its direct contribution to GDP by end of 2018 was 6.5 percent (according to the World Travel and Tourism Council) and it employs 150,000 people, the biggest employer after the public sector, per the tourism syndicates of Lebanon (the

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