Friday, July 15, 2011

Syrian tourism has dropped to - zero!

Al Arabiya quotes the Syrian Minister of Tourism as saying that the tourist trade in Syria has been badly hit by the protests.

Minister of Tourism in Syria Dr. Lamia Assi said that tourism from Europe (the main market of the Syrian Tourism) is almost nonexistent, with the cancellation and rejection of insurance companies to cover tourists wishing to travel to Syria. The minister Assi told the newspaper "Asharq al-Awsat" that the lack of tourists has led to lower occupancy rates this summer dropping from 99% to 0%, which is confirmed by the managers of great hotels in the capital, Damascus.

They are trying to re-orient their marketing away from Europe and towards Malaysia, China, Russia and Arab countries like Egypt.

Good luck with that!