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MIDDLE EAST: Syrian civil war hurts Lebanon’s tourism

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Plan B for business in Beirut to avoid bust (via AFP)

As civil war rages in neighbouring Syria and with tourism from the Gulf non-existent, hardened Lebanese merchants are surviving on a mixed bag of individual initiative, well-off Syrian tourists and help from expats. Sitting in her lifestyle boutique, with evening gowns displayed opposite a fully stocked…

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