Tourism

10-06-2020
The government has signed two contracts for large investments in the tourism sector reminiscent of similar projects from the pre-2011 era. However, the significant deterioration of the business environment since that time raises doubts about their feasibility.
08-04-2020
The Kuwaiti bourse blocked trading on shares of Marakez following a decision by that company to divest from a large project in the Syrian coastal area. Meanwhile, confusion also surrounds another large resort near Tartous.
04-03-2020
Cham Palaces and Hotels, Syria’s largest five-star hotel chain, said its revenues increased last year, thanks largely to a rising number of foreign tourists.
26-02-2020
The Ministry of Tourism has awarded a contract for the restoration of a historic building transformed into a hotel in the old city of Aleppo.
19-02-2020
The number of foreign visitors entering Syria increased by 35 percent last year, coming overwhelmingly from the Arab world.
29-01-2020
A Kuwaiti company is considering selling its stake in a large tourism project located on Syria’s coast.
04-12-2019
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.
09-10-2019
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.
25-09-2019
UN agencies and other international organisations have reportedly renewed their contracts with the Four Seasons Hotel for the rental of office space and rooms.
11-09-2019
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.
24-07-2019
The Ministry of Tourism has announced that after seven years of suspension works have restarted on the Yasmeen Rotana Hotel owned by Rami Makhlouf.
03-07-2019
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.
19-06-2019
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.
17-04-2019
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.
15-04-2019
Samer Foz is establishing a new company in the tourism sector.

Events

Tenders and Contracts
Damascus Chamber of Commerce
Carnegie Event - A Horizon for the Syrian Solution
Carnegie Middle East Center