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Economy News - Baghdad
The Syrian Ministry of Tourism expects the number of visitors to reach two million by the end of this year, noting that the "Israeli attacks" have affected the country .
The Minister of Tourism, Muhammad Rami Martini, said that the number of visitors to Syria since the beginning of the year until now has reached one million and 900 thousand visitors, indicating that 30% of them are tourists from various countries of the world .
He stated that the number of visitors in 2022 reached one million and 700 thousand visitors, and he expected the number to exceed two million by the end of 2023 .
He pointed out that the rate of increase this year reached 20%, adding that “the cessation of flights and the war in the region affected several countries, including Syria, due to the brutal Israeli attacks,” he said .
The minister also expected that the number of arrivals from Iraq to Syria would exceed 300,000 visitors by the end of the year .
Martini continued: Iraq is a very important Arab partner, as is the Jordanian market, to which the numbers of visitors from Iraq reach a high level .
In December 2022, the Damascus Tourism Directorate announced that Iraqi Arabs and American foreigners were at the top of the list of tourists who visited Syria .
It is noteworthy that, before the civil war that broke out in March 2011, Syria was one of the most prominent international tourist destinations in the Middle East, due to its cultural heritage and historical heritage (Damascus and Aleppo are among the oldest cities in the world) and the beauty and diversity of its nature (sea, mountains, desert). Which attracted millions of tourists from all over the world. There are more than 14,000 archaeological sites and 65 castles in Syria, in addition to museums, mosques, churches, and historical temples spread throughout the country .
According to statistics from the Ministry of Tourism, the number of tourists declined from five million in 2010 to less than 400,000 in 2015, and thus tourism revenues declined by about 98% since the outbreak of the crisis, and the sector’s losses amounted to between 3 and 10 billion dollars .
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