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Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:20 pm

Before the Syrian Civil War, back in say 2010, Syria was a popular tourist destination for tourists around the world with 8.5 million foreign tourists in 2010. Popular touriat destinations included Palmyra, the Old City of Aleppo including the Grand Mosque and Citadel, Damascus including the Ummayad Mosque, and the coastal cities of Latakia and Taurtus. Now, Syria is in ruins and tourist numbers have declined significantly with government travel warnings aganiat travel to Syria.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism_in_Syria
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:54 pm

War will do that, Berlin in 1945 wasn’t what it was in 1936, either.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:30 pm

Palmyra and the Old City of Aleppo are two examples of thousands of years of ancient history destroyed. Only 10 years ago, they were popular attractions with tourists from around the world, including other Arab countries, Europeans, and Americans.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:20 pm

So was Krak de Chevaliers. Lots of history in Syria, gone because one maniacal man.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:58 pm

I visited Syria for a week in the 90’s and the lonely planet said that of the number of visitors (on visas) was something like 800k a year and of those 99% were biz or family. We got a lot of attention and all positive.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:00 am

I know people who visited Syria years ago, and people that went weeks ago for tourism. You can easily find a tour today if you want.
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:07 am

None of these places are particularly hard to visit if motivated. A friend of mine just photographed Belgian colonial ruins in the DRC last spring and had no troubles.
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:14 am

mad99 wrote:
I visited Syria for a week in the 90’s and the lonely planet said that of the number of visitors (on visas) was something like 800k a year and of those 99% were biz or family. We got a lot of attention and all positive.

Where did you visit in Syria and what attractions did you visit.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:26 pm

i travelled from Turkey to Aleppo, Homs and Damascus then on to Jordan. Seeing sites in the cities
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:33 pm

mad99 wrote:
I visited Syria for a week in the 90’s and the lonely planet said that of the number of visitors (on visas) was something like 800k a year and of those 99% were biz or family. We got a lot of attention and all positive.

By 2010, tourist numbers reached 8.5 million, up from 800,000.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:25 am

So a quick look at wiki says Israel gets 3,5m a year and a hell of a lot more people visit Israel then Syria. I doubt Syria is ever in the top 10 middle east countries.
 
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Re: Tourism in Syria Before Civil War

Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:27 am

mad99 wrote:
i travelled from Turkey to Aleppo, Homs and Damascus then on to Jordan. Seeing sites in the cities

What sites did you visit in Homs, Damascus, and Aleppo.

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