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6% drop in tourist spending in Lebanon

Global Blue, the VAT refund operator for international shoppers, has said that total spending by tourists in Lebanon fell 6% year-on-year in the first half of 2014, The Daily Star has reported. Spending by visitors from France rose by 14%, followed by Nigeria (+11%), Egypt (+7%) and the United States (+5%), while spending by visitors from Kuwait contracted by 20%, followed by visitors from Saudi Arabia (-19%), Jordan (-17%), Syria and the UAE (-12%), and Qatar (-5%), the report said.