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Lebanon attracted 17.6 percent more tourists in the first 10 months of the year compared with the same period in 2009, the Daily Star reported, citing the Ministry of Tourism.

tourists sunbathe as others swim at the St. George Yacht club in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon expects nearly 2.2 million tourists in 2010

About 1.85 million tourists visited the country in the 10 months to the end of October compared with 1.57 million in the same period a year ago, the Beirut-based newspaper reported, citing ministry figures.

Foreign visitors to Lebanon will exceed 2 million this year, up from 1.85 million in 2009, Tourism Minister Fady Abboud said in a May 21 interview. Tourism revenue will rise to $8.5 billion from $7.2 billion over the same period, he said. Bloomberg

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