Eco-tourism is a type of tourism which is based on the exploration of natural areas and which aims at improving the financial conditions of local inhabitants.
The term “Eco-tourism” was first used in the 1980s. However, Khenchara Al-Jwar has witnessed, before that date, such an activity which was known then as Mountain tourism, summering or else.
Tourism activity in Khenchara Al-Jwar dates back to the nineteenth century when the village started receiving visitors seeking recovery and hospitalization in its distinguished location surrounded by valleys, mountains, pine and oak forests, and eager to taste its fresh water which became renowned in most Lebanese and Arab regions.
Local residents began to promote tourism by renting their houses to tourists. Afterwards, several small hotels (guest houses), then bigger ones, such as Aïn Al Smaydiyeh Hotel and Moukarzel Hotel were opened. However, this activity stopped during the civil war (1975-1990). Currently, Khenchara Al-Jwar is reactivating its role as a summer and eco-tourism destination area.