Local restaurants, bars & nightclubs, hotels and other hospitality services are the backbone of our communities, tourism, and redevelopment in every corner of Lebanon. We directly employ over 200,000 people across the country, and indirectly employ more than 350,000 of workers up and down the food supply and delivery chain -- from growers, packers, fisherman, linen services, delivery people and more -- who depend on the continued revenue of restaurants to stay in business.
We contribute more than $10 Billion to our economy, and represent 19% of our GDP in total contribution. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are closed for business. As of today, up to 50,000 people have been laid off, and thousands of our suppliers will have their bills go unpaid, creating an unprecedented domino effect of economic damage to the whole Food & Beverage supply chain. We are the lifeblood of our economy and our communities, and we need help!
Today, our existence is dramatically endangered, because without bookings and guests we look into empty cash registers and accounts, and see the quiet rooms of our closed businesses and already do not know how we and our employees will get through the month, let alone how we can handle the upcoming rent - and other payments of the upcoming month or maybe months. The water is literally up to our necks! If relief aid does not reach us quickly and easily, many of our colleagues will not be able to hold out in April. Many of Beirut's culinary attractions with delicacies from all over the country will then no longer exist.
In the current situation that our beloved country suffers, and in the absence of any cash aids, the only way that we can survive now is by:
Providing economic assistance for the hospitality industry is one of the most critical investments to bring our economy back, and the most visible step to give the Lebanese the confidence that we will all come out of this
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