The number of Arab tourists travelling to Syria increased by 36 percent in the first quarter of the year, reported al-Hayat.
Syria, Jordan and Lebanon are going to publish a "unified map" including the tourist attractions of the three countries, according to Syria's minister of tourism, Sadallah Agha al-Qall'a.
Syria's customs department is gathering information and studying various projects in several countries in preparation for the introduction of an electronic Customs system in the country.
Syria plans a threefold increase of the share of the tourism industry in the country's Gross Domestic Product, said Saadallah Agha al-Qall'a, Minister of Tourism.
Syria and Turkey are to sign an agreement to work together to boost tourism in the region.
Syria and Lebanon's tourism ministers will be signing on February 7, a three year cooperation program that will run until the end of 2004.
Cham Palaces and Hotels has reported that following the September 11 attacks itself and its affiliates will report losses for year 2001.
Revenues from tourists visits to Palmyra's archaeological sites fell 45 percent in 2001 compared with the year 2000 figures.
The building of the second phase of the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus has started.
Syria's revenues from tourism exceeded USD1 billion in 2001 and tourists arrivals reached 3.015 million according to the World Tourism Organisation.
Syria on Saturday announced a plan to boost its tourist sector, focusing on promoting its historical heritage, and improving its image abroad.
According to the Syrian minister of tourism, the events of September 11th will lead to a drop of 40 percent of the rates of the hotels in the country as well as a drop of 35 to 40 percent of Syrianair ticket fares.
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.


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