A year on, the impacts of the September 11 on Syria's tourism figures seem to have been overestimated and not as long-lasting as originally feared.
Cham Palaces and Hotels, the leading hotel chain in Syria, has signed an agreement with Jordan's Social Security Corporation (SSC) to manage two hotels in Jordan.
Syria launched on Friday 10 August its first tourism month, Syrian Festival 2002.
20,000 people cross daily the Syrian-Jordanian borders according to the Jordanian border police.
Rotana has announced the signing of an agreement to manage a hotel in Damascus, according to Daniel Hajjar, VP sales and marketing.
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.


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