Green Tourism Hits Libya
Apart from a vague geographic awareness of Libya being on the top coast of Africa, the main thing we remember learning about Libya at school is that its plain, all-green flag has gotta be the easiest flag of the world to draw. And now it sounds kind of ironic that the drive behind a planned new tourist boom for Libya is green, too.
In fact it's Saif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, who's promoting an eco-tourism venture for the country. He's trying to encourage tourists to visit the Green Mountain conservation area, the ancient Greek ruins of Cyrene and the Temple of Zeus. There is work to be done before the tourists start arriving--for example, the Cyrene site is still overrun by wild horses. Then again, maybe that just makes it all doubly green tourism.