Interview with Markus Iseli, General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus.
The number of tourists visiting Syria has increased by 19% in the first half of this year, while a similar 19% fall in one-day visitors has led to an overall 1.6% fall in foreign arrivals, from 2.62 million in H1 2004 to 2.58m.
Starwood Hotels will open the third branch of its Sheraton brand in Syria with the inauguration of the Sheraton Aleppo Hotel & Towers in Syria in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a press statement from the regional office of the group ...
Accor, the French international hotel group, has announced that it was opening its first property in Syria, Sofitel Lattakia in the summer of 2006.
Rotana Hotels opened its first property in Damascus on May 1st, the Queen Center Rotana Suites.
The number of tourists visiting Syria increased sharply in the first quarter of the year to reach 610,000 from 487,000 in the same period of last year, a 25% annual rise.
The first Syrian Tourism Investment Market set out a range of incentives for foreign investors to spend money developing tourism in the country. The Syria Report highlights the key issues at stake.
A few weeks before the Tourism Investment Market, The Syria Report has met with Hazem Sebai, Director of Business Development of Le Meridien Damascus to talk on the performance and projects of one of the leading five-star hotels of the Syrian capital.
Preparations are underway for a USD 45m project to develop tourism in the summer mountain resort of Zabadani, north west of Damascus, which will include the construction of a 3.5km long cable car, the first to be built in Syria.
The Ministry of Tourism has announced that total tourism expenditure in Syria in 2004 totalled USD 2.2 billion, an upward figure from the earlier estimate of USD 1.8 billion.
Fouad Takla Construction Company (FTCC) has announced that it has completed the building of the Damascus Four Seasons Hotel. FTCC is the main contractor of the project, which was designed by Lebanon’s Dar al-Handasseh.
Syria’s income from tourism is estimated to have reached USD 1.85 billion in 2004, an annual 31% rise from 2003 (USD 1.414 billion), according to the Ministry of Tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism is organizing an international conference next April to attract more investments in the Syrian tourism sector.
The company has elected a new Board of Directors. The Amrit resort that was supposed to be among the largest tourist complexes on the eastern Mediterranean has not been built, 16 years after its launch.
Al Futtaim Group, the UAE conglomerate, is planning to invest up to USD 1 billion in a large tourism resort in Sabboura in the outskirts of Damascus, according to SANA, the state news agency.


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