The number of tourists visiting Syria last year reached 3.6 million people, or an annual increase of 15 percent.
Dedeman Hotels expects to increase the occupancy rates of the three new hotels it is managing in Syria, according to its country manager, Birol Kaymas.
The Ministry of Tourism is giving new incentives to encourage investment in more remote areas of the country as well as in the largest projects it is offering to investors, according to Ghiath Al-Farrah, head of Touristic projects at the Ministry.
Dedeman Hotels and Resorts International is taking over the management of Le Meridien Hotel Damascus on January 1, 2009.
A new USD 60 million resort is taking off the ground in the region of Shahba, south of Damascus.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that it had signed a management contract with Hedley International Syria Ltd for a five-star hotel in the old city of Damascus.
The Aga Khan Development Network is to develop two 5-star hotels in the old cities of Damascus and Aleppo.
Syria's income from the Travel and Tourism Industry (TTI) should grow to reach SYP 122 billion in 2008, according to an annual report by the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company has invited international companies for a pre-qualification bid for the construction of villas and buildings at the Ibn Hani Bay Resort in Lattakia.
Several large Gulf Real Estate Developers have put forward bids to develop the three major tourist compounds offered by the Ministry of Tourism in Lattakia, Palmyra and on the shores of Lake Assad.
Intourist Sinara, a Russian consortium, laid down on June 11 the foundation stone of a new 4-star tourist resort in Lattakia.
The Ministry of Tourism has awarded contracts to develop and operate seven sites it had offered during the 3rd Tourism Investment Market Forum held late April 2007.
The Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus has hired a new General Manager, according to a press release from the company.
The Kharafi Group of Kuwait has announced that it had established the company that will develop and manage the Intercontinental Damascus Hotel (IDH).
The Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus posted a significant hike in activity in 2007 and was a major growth drive for Kingdom Hotel Investments, its majority owner.


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