Another Flop From Lebanon’s Tourism Minister

First Tourism Minister Guidanian says he prefers Armenia over Lebanon and now he’s attacking Center East Airways and selling non-Lebanese airways.

Throughout a radio interview with Sawt Lebnen, he acknowledged that what the MEA is doing is unsuitable, and that they’re harming tourism in Lebanon and inflicting monetary losses to the touristic sector. He added that MEA is a serious downside and that he’s combating to make issues proper, then inspired individuals to take international airways like British Airways or Saudi Airways to get to Lebanon as a result of they’re cheaper. You’ll be able to hear the radio interview [right here] beginning Minute 29.

What’s unsuitable with the minister’s assertion?

As soon as once more, I’d perceive as much as a sure extent any minister or MP arguing in opposition to MEA’s coverage however the minister of tourism is just not imagined to be attacking our nationwide service in public. That’s irresponsible and immature to say the least and I’m unsure anymore if what he’s doing is intentional or he’s merely clueless.

On a facet notice, the Go to-Lebanon marketing campaign he launched was sponsored by MEA as a part of his networking occasion.

Do I agree with MEA’s pricing coverage?

To be sincere I don’t have a lot insights on that matter and I’m probably not positive how this works. I do consider we’d like cheaper constitution flights and higher presents throughout peak season and it could be nice if the ministry & MEA agree on such a factor. Primarily based from what I hear, some pals suppose MEA is dear whereas others love the service and suppose the costs are honest.

Is MEA harming the touristic sector in Lebanon?
Minister Guidanian is claiming MEA’s excessive costs are discouraging vacationers from visiting our nation and leading to monetary losses. After all he had nothing to again this truth and I actually doubt that costly aircraft tickets are the rationale why vacationers will not be exhibiting up. Perhaps somebody ought to remind the minister in regards to the rubbish disaster, the polluted seashores, the political disaster, the dearth of public transportation, the safety state of affairs, the horrific site visitors and so on and so on ..

Oh and no Lebanon is just not safer than New York, Paris & Germany (Quoting him).

How do MEA costs examine to others?

Right here’s a chart launched by MEA following an announcement from its industrial division’s head. They’re stating that “the costs of airline tickets are decided by exterior forces similar to competitors and demand and provide on every flight, which additionally depends upon the date of journey and the timing of the flight. Furthermore, costs will not be decided on value foundation, so we can’t examine a flight from Riyadh to Beirut to a different flight from Riyadh to Paris.
For instance, as a result of improve of capability on Dubai route, MEA is promoting on some flights spherical journey tickets to and from Dubai at USD 201.- together with taxes and surcharges. Over and above, MEA stresses the truth that as a result of improve in competitors, its costs have gone down by round 40% in 2016 in comparison with 2008 as proven within the desk beneath”.

Does the minister have a plan to spice up tourism this summer season?

He’s been bragging for per week now in regards to the community occasion he’s holding quickly between international journey businesses and native ones however somebody ought to remind him Could is nearly over and it’s already too late. Furthermore, these networking occasions don’t actually have any long-term impact and are extra of a “terwee2a” than a completely fledged touristic marketing campaign.

All in all, I believe it was a mistake to assault our nationwide service that approach particularly once they’ve supported and sponsored his campaigns. If he has a difficulty with them, they’ll meet privately and take care of it however selling international carriers in opposition to our personal is simply unsuitable, and the truth that the Minister of Tourism is attacking them makes it even worse.

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