Tourism in Syria

Syria recorded a total of 5 million tourists in 2011, ranking 56th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Syria, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.28 tourists per resident, Syria ranked 117th in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 13th.

Syria generated around 1.82 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.5 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Syria from 1995 to 2011

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Syria each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Syria

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 1.26 billion USD, or about 11.04 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 815,000 tourists at that time and roughly 1,544 USD per person. Within 12 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased substantially. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.97 billion USD, accounting for 7.4 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 715 USD for his holiday in Syria.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Syria per year

All data for Syria in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995815,0001.26 bn $11.04 %1,544 $
1996830,0001.17 bn $8.4 %1,404 $
1997891,0001.01 bn $7.0 %1,137 $
19981.27 m1.02 bn $6.7 %803 $
19991.39 m1.03 bn $6.5 %744 $
20002.10 m1.08 bn $5.6 %515 $
20012.19 m1.15 bn $5.5 %525 $
20022.66 m970.00 m $4.5 %365 $
20032.60 m877.00 m $4.0 %338 $
20043.40 m1.88 bn $7.5 %554 $
20053.57 m2.04 bn $7.1 %570 $
20064.23 m2.11 bn $6.3 %499 $
20074.16 m2.97 bn $7.4 %715 $
20085.43 m3.18 bn $585 $
20096.09 m3.78 bn $621 $
20108.55 m6.31 bn $738 $
20115.07 m1.82 bn $358 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.