Tourism, Hotels & Leisure

Figures published by the Ministry of Tourism report that the body has some 618 employees, but at least 6,000 other people on the payroll are classed as "surplus".
The Minister of Tourism says the industry has potential to be the second-largest sector in Libya, after energy, but progress is being hindered by various factors.
Libya's Minister of Culture and Civil Society, Habib Alamin, says that 149 buildings will be maintained and a further 79 new projects built around the country.
The state-owned Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO) is to demolish the Hotel du Lac in Tunis and replace it with a new luxury property.
Libyan and Italian officials have discussed joint tourism initiatives, as well as a possible special arrangement for visas between the two countries.
The Minister of Tourism, Ikram Abdulsalam Imam, has visited the town of Sabratha - home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site - to inspect damage caused by a recent earthquake.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports plans to contract 232 projects this year, including new swimming pools, athletics tracks and football grounds.
The Ministry of Transport says it has cancelled the administrative fees charged for setting up travel agencies.
Libya has promised to build 11 new sports stadiums in preparation for its hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.
The government committee tasked with organising the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament has held meetings with several state agencies to discuss progress on new stadiums.
Citing improved security conditions, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has removed a restriction which prevented Libya from hosting the home fixtures of its national team.
Tunisian figures for early 2013 show that Libyans are by far the single largest nationality of overseas visitors to the country.
The General Manager of the Starwood-operated hotel in central Tripoli, which was completed just before the start of the 2011 conflict, told The Libya Report it plans to reopen in the second quarter of this year.
The government owner of the Al Wahat hotel in Tripoli plans to renovate the aging property in the second half of 2013.
The General Authority for Tourism and Handicrafts (GATT) has been officially shut down, with staff transferred over to the new Ministry of Tourism.