Libya - Tourism, travel, and recreation

Tourist attractions in Libya are its good climate, extensive beaches, and magnificent Greek and Roman ruins. However, tourist facilities are not widely available, because tourism has mostly been discouraged during the tenure of Qadhafi. It suffered a further blow with the 1992 imposition of UN sanctions related to the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland. All visitors not from Arab countries need visas. Important passport information must appear in Arabic for a visa to be issued; the visa must also be completed in Arabic. In 2000 Libya had 962,559 tourist arrivals. There were 11,815 hotel rooms with 19,969 beds the same year.

The average daily cost of staying in Tripoli, Banghazi, and Sirte is $207 per day, according to 1999 UN estimates. Elsewhere the cost is estimated at $128 per day.

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