The number of tourists visiting Syria has continued to grow in the first quarter of this year but at a slower pace than in previous years, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
Syria ranked 85th in the World in terms of the competitiveness of its tourism industry according to an annual report published by the World Economic Forum.
The Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus posted another excellent performance in 2008, according to the annual report of Kingdom Hotel Investments, its mother company.
Greenline Interiors, a UAE firm, has announced that it was awarded a contract by the Wahoud Group to design and fit-out three hotels in Syria.
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.
Dedeman Hotels and Resorts International will manage three 5-star hotels in Syria, including Le Meridien Hotel in 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.
The number of tourists visiting Syria rose to 2 million people in the first seven months of this year according to the Ministry of Tourism.


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