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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