The Tourism sector has traditionally been one of Lebanon’s leading economic sectors, representing a major source of income and employment. The direct contribution of travel and tourism was valued at USD 3.8 billion in 2018, accounting for 7% of Lebanon’s GDP.
Leisure tourism continues to take precedence over all other types of tourism, although business and health tourism are steadily on the rise. Resorts and hotels are located along most of Lebanon’s coast, offering water activities and beach access. Lebanon is well known for its world-class gastronomy and a leading destination for nightlife and entertainment, catering for a variety of tastes.
Cultural and Religious Heritage
Lebanon has a wide range of cultural tourism choices, including 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites. During the summer season. Lebanon hosts over 15 international music and entertainment festivals – such as the Baalbeck and Byblos International Festivals – featuring local and world-acclaimed artists. In 2018, the Vatican reintroduced Lebanon to its list of worldwide pilgrimage destinations after a 12-year absence.