06 Mar '11, 10am

#singapore #news Mideast tourism sector braces for fallout from revolts: BEIRUT - TOURISM professiona... #business

#singapore #news Mideast tourism sector braces for fallout from revolts: BEIRUT - TOURISM professiona... #business

'Tourists are being influenced by the media coverage and are putting the whole Middle East in one bag, not differentiating between one country and another,' Touhama Naboulsi, an official with Jordan's Tourism Board said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BEIRUT - TOURISM professionals in the Middle East are bracing for fallout from the revolts shaking the region, with cancellations affecting even countries so far spared from the upheavals, notably Jordan and Syria. 'Tourists are being influenced by the media coverage and are putting the whole Middle East in one bag, not differentiating between one country and another,' Touhama Naboulsi, an official with Jordan's Tourism Board, told AFP. 'Some tourists have cancelled trips to all Arab countries and of course this includes Jordan,' he added. Several sources in the hotel sector said cancellations have reached a worrying 50 per cent, while on...

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