[Version française] · The image of the Near-East today is often obscured by the tragedies that occur within its borders. Our perceptions tend to overlook the remarkable diversity that shapes the region, instead painting it a homogenous shade of grey that is further darkened by misunderstanding and distance.

However, life has not surrendered in the Levant.

Why don’t we move a little closer? The grey veil then gives way to a palette that is even richer and more vibrant than we could hope for. Vivid colors that bring to mind images of light hitting the Mediterranean shores. Contrasted. Saturated. Majestic.

This describes Beirut in a nutshell. The Lebanese capital constantly reminds us of her resilience, her will to remain more alive than wounded. Day and night, Lebanese water the seeds of countless initiatives and enterprises, but like many nascent beginnings, their echoes remain greatly muffled.

As such, and perhaps now more than ever, it has become necessary to put Lebanon back on the tourist map. So as not to further isolate a region that has much to offer. So as not to give way to a tempting generalization that is as erroneous as it is dangerous.

Consequently, it is quite natural that a link between Voyageurs du Monde and L’Hôte Libanais was established around this common objective.

In France, Belgium and Switzerland, Voyageurs du Monde caters to those who view travel as an all-encompassing experience rather than a product; a means to share values, meet and connect with others.

In the land of the cedar tree, L’Hôte Libanais invites travelers to closely experience the diversity Lebanon has to offer, through a series of charming hotels and guest houses that highlight the human, architectural and culinary wealth of the country.

Voyageurs du Monde and L’Hôte Libanais will work together to promote the country amongst curious travelers.

The bridge is now built. It remains up to you, conscious travelers, to cross it.