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Tourism in Syria

Syria recorded a total of 2 m tourists in 2019, ranking 90th 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 0.14 tourists per resident, Syria ranked 141st in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 16th.

Syria generated around 1.82 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 4.5 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2011 spent about 246 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Syria from 1995 to 2019

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 18 countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Syria

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 1.26 bn USD, or about 11.04 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.25 m tourists at that time and roughly 558 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 bn USD, accounting for 7.4 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 547 USD for his holiday in Syria.

Tourism receipts in Syria per year

All data for Syria in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20192.42 m
20181.80 m
20171.29 m
20161.04 m
20116.48 m1.82 bn $280 $
201010.97 m6.31 bn $575 $
20097.72 m3.78 bn $490 $
20086.95 m3.18 bn $457 $
20075.43 m2.97 bn $7.4 %547 $
20065.68 m2.11 bn $6.3 %372 $
20055.86 m2.04 bn $7.1 %347 $
20046.33 m1.88 bn $7.5 %297 $
20034.84 m877.00 m $4.0 %181 $
20024.68 m970.00 m $4.5 %207 $
20013.67 m1.15 bn $5.5 %313 $
20003.41 m1.08 bn $5.6 %317 $
19992.68 m1.03 bn $6.5 %384 $
19982.46 m1.02 bn $6.7 %413 $
19972.33 m1.01 bn $7.0 %434 $
19962.44 m1.17 bn $8.4 %478 $
19952.25 m1.26 bn $11.04 %558 $


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

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