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From The President

The tourism activity has slumped over the last few years and the current climate is becoming increasingly challenging for restaurant owners... The 'golden period' between 2009 and 2011, when the hospitality sector boomed, and the number of tourists reached a record of 2.16 million and revenues soared, almost seems like it was a figment of our imagination.

But it was very real; Lebanon received notable coverage in foreign press and Lebanese cuisine was highlighted among the best cuisines in the world, garnering several awards. Political and economic stability as well as security helped define these fruitful years, and they will also play a key role in the hospitality sector’s revival. Moreover, we are confident that Lebanon has the stamina and potential to reclaim its coveted position.

The Syndicate, in cooperation with the Ministries of Tourism, Economy and Trade, Finance and Labor, as well as all the concerned governmental bodies, are exerting utmost efforts to keep this sector alive amidst the crisis.

In line with this, the Syndicate is also actively involved in modernizing the outdated by-laws and regulations that are no longer relevant and in unifying the licensing process, which are considered the hardest steps that future owners go through.

Today we look back at what we have accomplished together at the Syndicate: official occasions, events & partnerships are the reflection of the Syndicate’s mission to grow the industry, and numbers are a showcase of the success we’ve been having. Our owners now reaching 1650 is but one of such accomplishments.

Our esteemed partners largely contribute to our success; with their help and generous support, we are able to achieve more and to concentrate our efforts on bringing life back to the F&B sector.

Each company has a high level of expertise and is a leader in its respected field. They include Alfa, Boecker, Café Najjar, Clover Brokers, Diageo, Natgaz, Vresso, Omega Software, Pepsi, Aquafina, VIP Parking Control, GWR, Ksara, EBA, EMF, Vespeed and Spearhead.

Passion continues to animate our entire organization and to consistently drive it forward. Our unrelenting commitment is to be a driving force behind the F&B industry in Lebanon.

Get to know more about the Syndicate, our mission, vision, and overall raison d’être, as well as our triumphs through the pages of this newsletter. And as always, I invite all owners of restaurants, cafés, nightclubs and patisseries to join the Syndicate, so that together we can create a bigger lobbying body and continue working together to ensure that our industry remains a strong and pioneering one in the country.

Tony Ramy
President of Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Night-clubs & Pastries in Lebanon

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

- George Bernard Shaw

Latest standards of health safety

The SORCNP was directly involved in providing pragmatic solutions and displaying leadership and knowledge in food safety and hygiene. The SORCNP’s diplomatic approach, through intensive meetings with Minister Wael Abou Faour, were key to establishing an agreement that resulted in a positive impact for business owners.

The SORCNP along with its partners, presented a unified food safety and hygiene law that was adopted by both the Ministry of Tourism & the Ministry of Public Health. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with GWR Food Safety and Boecker, the leading Food Safety and Hygiene Consultants in the region, forming a close bond with the Syndicate. As a result, the proposed food safety law is on par with global standards and an executive training program was created.

The Syndicate RCNP is a member of the UNWTO - Global Code of Ethics for Tourism

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