Lebanon supports using struggling hotels to shelter Syrian refugees
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Lebanon supports using struggling hotels to shelter Syrian refugees

Lebanon supports using struggling hotels to shelter Syrian refugees

Lebanon's caretaker tourism minister Fadi Abboud has said he's supported a proposal to house Syrian refugees in need of shelter in struggling hotels in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, which have been hardest hit by the sharp drop in tourism this year, The Daily Star has reported. "To be honest with you, if NGOs have the money, they'd be capable of housing the refugees at very reasonable prices in these hotels because they are empty," the minister told the daily. "Even though the occupancy rate of hotels outside of Beirut is under 5%, no one has approached us about housing refugees in any vacant hotels, and I'm not aware of any NGOs that are renting any out, though we would welcome it, and it would give refugees a decent place to live."

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