The Syndicate of Restaurants, Cafes, Night Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon gather together to kick-start the summer season

The Syndicate of Restaurants, Cafes, Night Clubs and Pastries in Lebanon gather together to kick-start the summer season

The Syndicate of Restaurants

The Restaurant Owners Association gathered together tourism stakeholders on May 15 to celebrate “Together, Strengthening Our Union and Renewing Resilience.”

Among the attendees were Lebanese Minister of Tourism H.E. Walid Nassar; governor of Beirut judge Marwan Abboud; president of the economic committee and former minister Mohammad Choucair; Nicolas Chammas, Secretary General of the economic committees and president of the Beirut Traders Association; Brigadier general Gerard Nasr, head of the tourism police, also attended the event, showing strong support for tourism initiatives. Key industry leaders included Pierre Achkar, president of the Federation of Tourist Unions; Jean Beyrouthy, its Secretary-General; Nicolas Abou Khater, president of the Lebanese Businessmen and Women Association also participated.

Furthermore, Joumana Dammous, managing director of Hospitality Services and member of the Lebanese Franchise Association, and Gaby Ferneini, president of Rebirth Beirut, were present alongside advisory members and the union’s board of directors.

Members of the press syndicate, including Jad Haidar, were also in attendance at the important event; Secretary of the economic committees Alphonse Dib; and economic journalist Joseph Farah were present as well.

The gathering

President Tony Ramy welcomed attendees, highlighting that the group image captured embodies the event’s theme, fostering optimism and high spirits. He praised the restaurant sector for its crisis management and resilience, attributing it to the heroism of colleagues. In his statement, he said: “The creators of joy and their establishments stand as Lebanon’s enduring treasures despite challenging circumstances.”

A discussion was held, with each expert highlighting the importance of strengthening collaborations and fostering resilience. Nicolas Chammas, head of the Beirut Traders Association, stated: “In navigating the current landscape, the industry confronts significant hurdles regarding social security for our valued employees and budgetary constraints. However, amid these challenges, we’ve witnessed remarkable growth, particularly in Lebanese manufacturing, tourism, and various other sectors, in recent years.”

Lebanon summer’s season

Ramy announced revealed the opening of 50 new restaurants managed by elite restaurateurs. He stated: “Today, we commence the summer tourist season with the opening of 50 new restaurants, as well as the introduction of five global franchise brands. The tourism sector is fully prepared to offer the highest level of services. Furthermore, preparations are underway with industry stakeholders who have united to share their plans and vision. Moreover, tourism faces two options: it will either endure day by day, fulfilling its duties or this season will be exceptional.”

Highlights from the gathering

Minister of Tourism H.E. Walid Nassar, head of the Lebanese Economic Committees Mohammad Choucair, the governor of Beirut judge Marwan Abboud and other dignitaries delivered speeches. The meeting was concluded with the following joint statement:

The attendees praised the activity of the Restaurant Owners Association and its efforts. Furthermore, they stressed the tourism sector’s crucial role as a catalyst for all productive sectors and the backbone of the economy. Finally, the meeting provided an opportunity to enhance communication between attendees, characterized by constructive dialogue and idea exchange. They agreed that joint efforts guarantee the continuity of the private sector. The statement concluded by affirming that solidarity and effort would be the true drivers of success in the summer tourist season. Finally, participants expressed solidarity with the Lebanese in South Lebanon, wishing for peace and tranquility to prevail in Lebanon in the future.


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Rita Ghantous

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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