The National Association for Tourism Development in Syria Launches open-ended Initiative in Lattakia to Reactivate Tourism Sector

The National Association for Tourism Development in Syria has recently launched a voluntary initiative in Lattakia city and its countryside with the aim of reactivating the tourism sector and attracting the tourists’ to the most picturesque scenes in Lattakia countryside.

Shedding light on this initiative, which includes a number of workshops that were carried out in the province, Syriatimes e-newspaper interviewed Mrs. Sahar Hmaisheh, the executive director of the association in Lattakia. She said “Lattakia’s rich history and culture, its natural diversity as well as its historic and archaeological attractions have made the province an important tourist destination”.

Cham Wings Airlines at the FITUR 2020 in Madrid

Madrid,(ST) –Cham Wings Airlines is participating in the FITUR 2020 International Tourism and Travel fair, that is taking place between the 22th and 26th of January in the Spanish capital, Madrid, within the pavilion of the Ministry of Tourism.

According to a statement by the company, “the company’s participation in the fair this year as well as last year aims at affirming Syria's presence in all local and international tourism forums and activities in order to keep Syria on the global tourism map. It also aims at enhancing the company's active role as a private national air carrier working to promote Syria’s great civilization everywhere.”

Syria's participation in "FITUR 2020" a message of peace from the cradle of civilization to the world

MADRID, (ST)- The international tourism trade fair, " FITUR 2020" kicked  off on Wednesday in the Spanish capital Madrid with the participation of Syria.

 The event was opened by Queen Letizya of Spain and will continue till January 26th.   

Syria is taking part in " FITUR 2020" for the third year after the terrorist war waged on it.

More than 11000 company from 165 countries and provinces are taking part in this fair.

In a statement to the Spanish official TV, Syria's Assistant Minster of Tourism Geyath al-Farrah said that "Syria's participation in the fair is a message from the Syrian people to all countries of the world declaring the end of the terrorist war the Syrians have been suffering from since 2011 and that destroyed the Syrian infrastructure and vital sectors including tourism."

A Triad of Mosques in Old Damascus

1-The Sibaiieh School built during the late Memlouk era in al Darwishieh near the square of Bab al Jabiah, by the last Memlouk governor of Damascus (Prince Sibai son of Bakhtija)before he was killed in the battle of Marj Dabeq, 1516, defending Damascus against the Ottomans who would occupy the region for more than four centuries .

Construction started in 1509 and finished in 1515.To build it Prince Sibai collected stones and pillars of old and neglected mosques, cemeteries and the marbles of the decaying school of Khatoun and from other deteriorating buildings in Damascus, hence the scholars of Damascus called it the Mosques Collection.

The school has a wide facade built from alternated rows of colored stones and decorated by different types of decorations. In the middle of the façade there is a high gate topped by stalactites and geometrical designs. Inside the school there is a small open court ,a prayer place, porticos , two tiers of rooms and a shrine with a dome on top. From the roof an octagonal minaret pops out rich with arched windows, round panels, colored rows and stalactites dangling from below the balcony of the Muezzin.

In short ,this beautiful monument represents the architecture of the Memlouk period characterized by richness of minute decorative designs and luxurious ornamentations.

Tourism Ministry Achieved Positive Indicators in 2019

The Syrian tourism sector suffered significant damage during the terrorist war on Syria. However the Ministry of Tourism had a very clear plan and exerted relentless  efforts to  revive the tourism sector.

In parallel with the return of security  and stability to many regions across Syrian  provinces,  the  tourism sector in Syria   achieved  positive indicators in 2019,  which was reflected  in the number of Arab and foreign visitors  and  hotel lodgers .