Hundreds of hospitality facilities continue to operate in Syria relying on domestic tourism, the Minister of Tourism has said, although revenues have fallen dramatically.
Only thirty-one countries worldwide still accept Syrians without imposing visas prior to their travel.
The Syrian government has more than doubled the taxes Syrians will pay to leave the country.
Looking for new sources of tax income, the Syrian government is now targeting the tourism sector.
Displaced Syrians and local tourists contributed to high occupancy rates in hotels on the Syrian coast, according to an industry executive.
Syrians are now the largest investors in Jordan’s restaurant sector, according to an industry analyst.
Holders of Syrian passports can travel to 48 countries visa-free, according to a IATA database.
A Syrian state media has reported that the Ministry of Tourism has awarded a license for the construction of a small 4-star hotel located in the Mazzeh district of Damascus.
Hundreds of historical sites in Syria have been damaged during the conflict, according to a Government official, a fifth of which are in Aleppo.
Cham Palaces and Hotels, a large chain of upscale hotels across Syria, reported an increase in revenues in 2014 after years of falling occupancy rates.
A Syrian official has announced that the contract of a Qatari company to develop an upscale hospitality project on the Syrian coast is being terminated.
Occupancy rates in hotels in the coastal area were high during the summer season and in September according to the Chairman of Syria’s Federation of Chambers of Tourism.
A new amusement and entertainment centre located in a Damascus suburb has recently opened its doors.
A Russian company is planning to expand its investment in the tourism sector in Syria’s coastal area.
Some 90 percent of Syria’s travel agents have stopped operating since the beginning of the uprising, according to a report.
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