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Travel and Tourism - Syria - August 2010

Located in the heart of the Middle East, Syria is fast opening up to international travel, despite some strong disadvantages over the last few years such as the war in neighbouring Iraq as well as its own negative image within the international political arena. Strong anti-Israeli attitudes, suspected involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and accusations of support for militant groups like Hezbollah and Hamas contribute to some of the main obstacles in closing the gap in the relationship between Syria and the world. Some of these factors have a direct effect on tourism as visitors are still advised not to travel to Syria with a passport carrying an entry stamp from Israel.

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Each profile contains information on:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. Syrian Arab Republic

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • Damascus
                  • Aleppo
                    • Palmyra
                      • Other attractions
                      • Tourism and the Economy

                          • Figure 1: Tourism growth rates for 2008 and 2009
                          • Figure 2: Tourism employment, 2004-09
                          • Figure 3: Tourism investment rates, 2003-09
                      • Arrivals

                        • International
                          • Figure 4: Growth rates in arrivals from key source markets, Q1/2010 vs Q1/2009
                          • Figure 5: Arrivals by continent, 2000-09
                          • Figure 6: Comparison of key tourism indicators for 2008 and 2009
                        • Domestic
                        • Market Characteristics

                          • International
                            • Purpose of visit
                              • Figure 7: Reasons for visiting, average estimates for 2006-09
                            • Seasonality
                              • Figure 8: Arrivals per quarter, 2009
                            • Length of stay
                              • Figure 9: Length of stay and expenditure of key source markets, 2009
                            • Domestic
                              • Purpose of visit
                                • Seasonality
                                  • Length of stay
                                  • Transport

                                      • Figure 10: Growth in arrivals through different entry points, Q1/2009 vs Q1/2010
                                    • Air
                                      • Road
                                        • Rail
                                          • Sea
                                          • Accommodation

                                              • Figure 11: Growth in hotels, rooms and beds, 2000-10
                                              • Figure 12: Occupancy of Syrian hotels, 2009
                                          • Tourism News

                                            • Continued growth of the tourism sector
                                              • Focused investment promotion
                                                • Improved management of sites and surroundings
                                                • What Next?

                                                  • Managing growth
                                                    • The missing elements

                                                    Travel and Tourism - Syria - August 2010

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