A new hotel has opened in Damascus, another sign that Syria’s tourism industry is one of the country’s few sectors able to attract even limited private investment.


The Ministry of Tourism announced that the number of foreign arrivals increased 76 percent in the first five months of this year compared with the same period of 2018.


Four Seasons, the company that managed the most luxurious hotel property in Damascus and a symbol of the liberalisation of the Syrian economy under Bashar Al-Assad, has announced that it was leaving the country.


The Ministry of Tourism has announced that several new licenses for small hospitality projects, mostly restaurants, were granted in Damascus and Aleppo in the first two months of this year.


The issuance of passports to Syrians living abroad continues to represent an important source of foreign currency revenues.


A new hotel property is set to open in Lattakia, which is among the rare parts of the country still hosting some investment in the tourism industry.