Hospitality & Tourism articles

Lebanon’s electronic music entertainment business

Lebanon’s electronic music entertainment business

Reading Time: 8 minutes Electronic music is a worldwide trend—and for those who keep up with it, it must seem as though Beirut is hosting a headliner or an emerging artist who is topping the charts in Europe or the US every other week. Even those who do not follow the scene will have found it hard not to

Gemmayze 2.0

Reading Time: 9 minutes Beirut’s traditional Gemmayze quarter is witnessing a hospitality renaissance. A quick walk (or a slow drive) down the newly-paved Rue Gouraud and its less populated cousin, the lower and parallel Rue Pasteur, reveals a changing landscape of restaurants and coffee shops, design and art spaces, modern boutiques, and offices—almost all of them new faces, save

The juniper way

Reading Time: 9 minutes It was only a matter of time before the Lebanese got into gin production; as unexpected as that sounds, it actually makes perfect sense. The world is witnessing a “gin boom” especially in the premium and craft gin category, and, according to a report produced by and the IWSR (International Wine and Spirits Registry),

(Not) drowning their sorrows

Reading Time: 6 minutes Although it is commonly believed that in hard times people turn to alcohol to ease or forget their problems, this does not seem to have been the case this past year in Lebanon. Despite all the issues the country has faced, 2018 did not translate into greatly increased sales for the country’s spirit distributors. In

Nicholas Chammas talks current Lebanese trade situation and the way out

Reading Time: 5 minutes On a rainy day in mid-November 2018, Executive sat with the head of the Lebanese Traders Association, Nicholas Chammas, to hear his thoughts on the retail and trade sector in Lebanon. Given the amount of text messages Lebanese receive on a daily basis from stores announcing the latest promotion or the ever-increasing number of discount

Zomato’s journey in Lebanon

Reading Time: 4 minutes When Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah were just food-enthusiasts collecting delivery menus in Mumbai to post online, it is safe to say they did not expect their idea to grow into Zomato, the F&B behemoth we know today. Ten years and 24 countries later, Zomato’s decisions remain guided by one simple mission: to provide better

Lebanon, expose those hidden gems

Reading Time: 6 minutes In its 2018 “Lebanon Overview” report, the World Bank stated that “GDP growth in Lebanon in 2017 is estimated to have undergone a slight acceleration to reach an estimated 2 percent, compared to 1.7 percent in 2016. This has been mainly driven by the services and tourism sectors.” This year, GDP growth slowed again, down

Venture Group talks expansion of their hospitality cluster model in Lebanon and beyond

Reading Time: 8 minutes Marwan Ayoub and Rabih Saba—and their hospitality company Venture Group, specialized in developing and operating purpose-built restaurant clusters—have covered a lot of ground in the past seven years. Today, their team is playing in the premier league of regional hospitality. Geographically and financially, Venture Group’s cluster business started small. In 2011, Ayoub and Saba began

Lebanon’s seasoned F&B operators talk challenges and secrets to success

Reading Time: 6 minutes When it comes to the food and beverage (F&B) industry, Lebanon is a country of contradictions. Although no exact figures are available, those in the industry largely believe that almost the same number of restuarants that closed have also opened. In certain areas, such as the summer hotspot Broummana or in Gemmayze with its restaurants,