Syria and Turkey are to sign an agreement to work together to boost tourism in the region.
Syria and Lebanon's tourism ministers will be signing on February 7, a three year cooperation program that will run until the end of 2004.
Cham Palaces and Hotels has reported that following the September 11 attacks itself and its affiliates will report losses for year 2001.
Revenues from tourists visits to Palmyra's archaeological sites fell 45 percent in 2001 compared with the year 2000 figures.
The building of the second phase of the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus has started.
Syria's revenues from tourism exceeded USD1 billion in 2001 and tourists arrivals reached 3.015 million according to the World Tourism Organisation.
Syria on Saturday announced a plan to boost its tourist sector, focusing on promoting its historical heritage, and improving its image abroad.
According to the Syrian minister of tourism, the events of September 11th will lead to a drop of 40 percent of the rates of the hotels in the country as well as a drop of 35 to 40 percent of Syrianair ticket fares.
According to figures released by the Ministry of Tourism, the number of tourist arrivals grew by 10.4% in the first 9 months of the year, to reach a total of 2.6 million, reported Al Baath.
Tartous city council signed a preliminary agreement with a British company for the building of a new US$42 million tourist resort, said Teshreen.
A Saudi company is currently discussing with the Syrian authorities in order to build a huge tourist complex in the heart of Damascus, reported Al Sharq al Awsat.
729,000 Lebanese, 200,000 Saudis and 153,000 Iraqis entered Syria in the first seven months of the year, according to the Ministry of Tourism, reported Teshreen.
A survey carried out by Arthur Andersen revealed that Damascus has the lowest hotel occupancy rates of all major Arab cities, except for Kuwait city.
Syrian Tourism Minister Qassim Muqdad said on Wednesday he expected more wealthy Arabs to holiday in leading Arab tourist destinations next year following the September 11 attacks on the U.S, reported Al Quds.
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