RDCL’s “Keys to Recovery: Revitalizing Lebanon’s Tourism Sector” roundtable reaffirms Lebanese will to rise again

RDCL’s “Keys to Recovery: Revitalizing Lebanon’s Tourism Sector” roundtable reaffirms Lebanese will to rise again

On September 30, 2022, the RDCL, an association of business people who share the same vision of the Lebanese economy, organized a roundtable to discuss the keys to recovery and the means to revitalize Lebanon’s tourism sector. 

During the session, which was held at ESA Business School (Clemenceau, Beirut- Lebanon), with the support of USAID’s Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) project, Nicolas Boukather, president of RDCL, introduced the audience to the ASPIRE project and its objectives, stressing the importance of cooperation between economic organizations. Joe Boulos, head of the RDCL Tourism GPA (Group for Proposition and Action), explained the group’s vision, mission, objectives and its short- and long-term action plan, ensuring collaboration with tourism syndicates and influencers. The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Sami Nader, RDCL lead technical expert and the BIEE technical lead, in partnership with TIF.

Members of RDCL, representatives from the Lebanese private sector, the tourism industry, USAID and TIF took part in the discussion, along with a group of archaeologists, tourist guides and VIPs, such as: Tony Ramy, president of the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Night-Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon; Micheline Touma, president of the Union Vinicole du Liban; Jean Beiruti, secretary general of the Federation of Tourism Syndicates; and Ghassan Moukheiber, a lawyer and former MP.

The attendees unanimously agreed on the importance of maintaining communication and working hand in hand in order to kick-start the national economy and stimulate investments in this field.

The session formed part of a series of activities organized with USAID by TIF, aiming to improve the business and investment environment of the Lebanese private sector in various fields, addressing important issues and challenges, as well as the economic repositioning of Lebanon.

As the country is in critical need of a new direction and assistance to reboot and drive new investments, the Lebanon Trade and Investment Facilitation (TIF) is multiplying its efforts to boost and facilitate investment in Lebanese enterprises and improve its business and investment environment.


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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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