Tourism Industry News
Arab and European tourist to Syria up 23 percent
Arab and European tourist influx grew up by 23 percent in July 2009 compared to the same month last year, according to official figures.
A total of 918,866 Arab and European tourists visited Syria in July 2009 against 745,936 in July 2008, up 172,752, official statistics by the Syrian Ministry of Tourism showed.
Apart from one-day visits from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, Syria was visited by 594,124 tourists, including 227,505 from Arabian Gulf countries and 169,799 foreigners.
The increase in tourist influx mainly came in the number of visitors from Bahrain, accounting for 55 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia (47 percent), Kuwait (42 percent), Qatar (37 percent) and United Arab Emirates (21 percent), the statistics indicated.