A Review of Skileb.com by the Travel Trade Gazette

Mar 2003TTG

Skileb.com is Lebanon’s only site dedicated to ski-lovers.

Launched in October 1998, it provides an online guide for winter and summer sports. It helps ski fans gain an idea about skiing in Lebanon and all the information they need about reserving their holidays in each of the country’s six ski resorts.

Visitors can get information on renting equipment, hotels and chalets with pictures to match. They can also read ski articles, check the weather conditions at the slopes, participate in the discussion forums and send their own pictures to be published.

In addition, the site gives information on the International Week of Skiing that takes place every year, hosted by the Lebanese Ski federation. Visitors can view inside information on all participants and see full coverage of the competition.

An online competition offers prizes such as ski equipemnt, hotel reservations and free entrance to ski resorts.

Skileb.com has simple layout and design, making it easy for visitors to find their way around and access specific information quickly. On the left-hand side of the homepage, there is a window containing webcam links to three of Lebanon’s resorts, where the photos are changed every 30 minutes.

On the welcome page, visitors have the option of registering for a free newsletter, which the site send out to over 25,000 subscribers with detailed updates on what is going on in Lebanon.

At the top of this page there are also links to further information on Lebanon, ski resorts and booking. The Lebanon page provides a country profile, information on the history of skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding and eco-tourism. There is also a detailed map of the country on this page.

The ski resorts page provides a map pointing to the location of each resort, as well as a link to each resort containing all the details and a booking window. The booking page contains a large, easy-to-use window where visitors are able to book their choice of package holiday. On the left-hand side of the booking page, there is also a window providing access to flight schedules of airlines with direct flights to Lebanon.

Skileb.com is a very impressive and informative website. The site is interactive and the pages are easy to navigate. During the high season, visitors to the site exceed three million visitors per month, with 60 per cent from outside Lebanon and 40 per cent locals.

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