Against the run of journey warning about war-torn Syria, President Bashar al-Assad regime is wooing worldwide vacationers, urging them to go to.
The regime is critical concerning the marketing campaign because it advertises Aleppo, together with different cities in Syria, as ‘vacationer locations, on the Fitur International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid.
Syria has not attended the truthful since 2011. Whether the marketing campaign will draw guests stays to be seen.
Along with the ruins of Aleppo, Syria additionally encourages folks to go to the traditional Roman-era ruins of Palmyra, the UNESCO-listed archaeological website which was twice managed by the Islamic State (IS) group.
IS fighters blew up a number of the temples and burial towers earlier than being compelled out of town for the ultimate time final 12 months by Syrian authorities forces and their Russian backers
“This year is the time to rebuild Syria and our economy,” Bassam Barsik, director of selling on the Syrian Ministry of Tourism, advised AFP.
Barsik stated 1.three million overseas guests travelled to Syria final 12 months, though that determine contains those that got here from neighbouring Lebanon for less than someday.
“We’re targeting two million visitors this year,” he stated.
He argued that non secular locations, such because the historic Christian city of Maaloula, one of many final locations on earth the place Aramaic remains to be spoken, are nonetheless a draw to vacationers.
Damascus, Tartus, Latakia and the historic Crusader fortress of Krak des Chevaliers near the border with Lebanon, though broken by bombing, are different attainable sights.
“In 2017, the army controlled much of the country, and that was a big help to promote Syria abroad and attract tourist groups again,” stated Barsik.
Most international locations advise residents in opposition to all journey to Syria.
The battle has displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals and is estimated to have claimed the lives of a minimum of 340,000 folks since 2011.
*initially reported by AFP