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Lebanon's tourism minister, Fadi Abboud has said the crucial summer tourism season would not be badly damaged by growing domestic unrest and turmoil in neighbouring Syria, and forecast revenues this year of about $7bn, similar to last year, Reuters has reported. "I am expecting a season similar to last year," he said. "Of course we lost more than 300,000 travellers by road because of the unfortunate conditions in Syria. That travel has basically stopped. But air and sea travel are still fine," Abboud said, adding he expects 1.8 million visitors this year.