Travel in
Syria

Country Report

Executive Summary

Jul 2014
War shatters the travel and tourism industry

As war rages on in Syria with no end in sight, the country’s travel and tourism industry has been a major causality of the conflict. Often described as the world’s most brutal conflict of the century so far, the Syrian war has rendered almost all of the country highly dangerous and hazardous to all international visitors and it has also led to the biggest international refugee crisis in decades. Major tourist sites have been destroyed by shelling and the majority of source countries for inbound arrivals have imposed travel bans and called on their citizens to leave Syria immediately. The war has also caused unprecedented weakness in the Syrian economy, which has had a negative influence on outbound tourism as well.

National airline maintains its near monopoly in air transportation

All major international airlines have naturally suspended flights into and out of Syria following the eruption of violent clashes near or, in some cases, inside major airports in cities such as Damascus and Aleppo. The gravity of this situation means that all international airlines have deemed it too dangerous to serve Syria and with very low demand for flights, Syrian Air remains the sole airline serving Syrian airports regularly. The airline has survived almost solely thanks to expatriate Syrians travelling between Syria and their current countries of residence.

Numerous hotels close down

Syria’s hotels have been another major victim of the country’s ongoing conflict, with a substantial number of them having been destroyed by shelling and air strikes, notably in the city of Aleppo, which has been most severely affected by the war and has in fact been almost completely levelled by the violence. Many small travel accommodation outlets across the country are catering to displaced Syrians and offering rooms for rates as low as US$5 per night in order to provide assistance to the country’s less fortunate families. Meanwhile, wealthier Syrians who can afford to flee Aleppo have fled to Damascus, where some chained luxury hotels such as the Four Seasons and Sheraton continue to operate.

Religious tourism remaing the major survivor of outbound tourism in Syria

Meanwhile, almost half of total outbound departures and more than 75% of outgoing tourist receipts in Syria are generated by religious tourism, including Hajj and Umrah trips to Saudi Arabia’s sacred cities of Mecca and Medina. This has allowed Syria’s beleaguered travel retailers to survive during extremely difficult times. Religious tourism is known to be more resilient than other types of travel and tourism, especially during periods of economic difficulty and armed conflict.

Millions in losses incurred by Syria’s travel and tourism industry

Syria’s travel and tourism balance of payments clearly demonstrated significant losses towards the end of the review period and it is expected that Syria will take years to recover from the ravages of the ongoing civil war, if and when this war comes to a definitive end. Massive investment will be required in order to bring Syria’s travel and tourism industry back to life and so far reconstruction efforts have not progressed beyond the planning stage. However, before any meaningful recovery is achieved, the confidence of the Syrian people will have to be regained as well.

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  • Car Rental

  • Health and Wellness Tourism

  • Tourism Flows Domestic

  • Tourism Flows Inbound

  • Tourism Flows Outbound

  • Tourist Attractions

  • Transportation

  • Travel Accommodation

  • Travel Retail

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Travel and Tourism in Syria

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

War shatters the travel and tourism industry
National airline maintains its near monopoly in air transportation
Numerous hotels close down
Religious tourism remaing the major survivor of outbound tourism in Syria
Millions in losses incurred by Syria’s travel and tourism industry

BALANCE OF PAYMENTS

Table 1 Balance of Tourism Payments: Value 2008-2013

SWOT

Strengths
Weaknesses
Opportunities
Threats
Summary 1 Syria: SWOT

MARKET DATA

Table 2 Domestic Tourism by Purpose of Visit and Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 3 Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2008-2013
Table 4 Forecast Domestic Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2013-2018
Table 5 Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 6 Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 7 Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 8 Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2008-2013
Table 9 Forecast Departures by Destination: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 10 Forecast Departures by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 11 Forecast Departures by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 12 Forecast Outgoing Tourist Expenditure: Value and Growth 2013-2018
Table 13 Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 14 Forecast Health and Wellness Tourism Sales: Value 2013-2018
Table 15 Tourist Attractions Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 16 Forecast Tourist Attractions Sales: Value 2013-2018

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

CAR RENTAL

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Category Data
Table 17 Car Rental Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 18 Car Rental Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013

TOURISM FLOWS INBOUND

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Category Data
Table 19 Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 20 Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 21 Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2008-2013
Table 22 Incoming Tourist Receipts: Value and Growth 2008-2013
Table 23 Forecast Arrivals by Country of Origin: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 24 Forecast Arrivals by Mode of Transport: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 25 Forecast Arrivals by Purpose of Visit: Number of Trips 2013-2018
Table 26 Forecast Incoming Tourist Receipts: Value and Growth 2013-2018

TRANSPORTATION

Headlines
Trends
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Category Data
Table 27 Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2008-2013
Table 28 Transportation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 29 Forecast Transportation Sales by Category: Value 2013-2018

TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION

Headlines
Trends
Prospects
Category Data
Table 30 Travel Accommodation Sales by Category: Value 2008-2013
Table 31 Travel Accommodation Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013
Table 32 Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2008-2013
Table 33 Forecast Travel Accommodation Outlets by Category: Units 2013-2018

TRAVEL RETAIL

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Category Data
Table 34 Travel Retail Sales: Value 2008-2013
Table 35 Travel Retail Online Sales: Internet Transaction Value 2008-2013