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 has announced that the profits it generated from the four main hotels it owns increased by 17 percent in the first eight months of the year.
UN agencies and other international organisations have reportedly renewed their contracts with the Four Seasons Hotel for the rental of office space and rooms.
Updated on September 12, 2009: A French hotel management group has reportedly signed a contract to manage two Syrian hotels, the first such contracts with western companies in the hospitality industry since 2011.
The Ministry of Tourism has announced that after seven years of suspension works have restarted on the Yasmeen Rotana Hotel owned by Rami Makhlouf.
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 said that the number of foreign visitors to Syria last year increased by some 40 percent, although this was very largely a result of growing numbers of one-day visitors from Lebanon.
Samer Foz is establishing a new company in the tourism sector.
Cham Hotels, the largest upscale hotel chain in the country, has surprisingly reported a decline in its 2018 revenues.
The minister of tourism has estimated the losses of the sector since 2011 at some USD 50 billion.
Revenues data from one of Syria’s most iconic attractions highlight how long the road still is before the tourism industry returns anywhere close to where it stood in 2010.
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.
A French tour operator has announced the resumption of its operations in Syria, becoming one of the first western tourism companies to return to the country.
The Ministry of Tourism is saying that the number of foreign arrivals increased this year, although it did not give numbers; the reopening of the Nassib border crossing increased arrivals from Jordan.


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