The Syrian Ministry of Tourism on Saturday announced that the number of the tourists visiting the country has reached 4,003,692 including Arabs, foreigners and expatriates during the first eight months of the year in comparison to 3,715,633 last year.

Out of the total number, 2,445,365 were Arabs, 853,417 foreigners and 704,909 expatriates .

The statistics released by the ministry today showed that the increase in tourists number reached 288,059 in comparison to the same period last year. The rate of increase is 8% according to the records of Department of Immigration and Passports in the Ministry of Interior .

Ministry of Tourism added that the number of projects which have been under service during the last eight months is 124 tourist facilities i.e. the rate of the projects’ growth is 121%, which reflects the accelerating of tourist investments incomes due to efforts exerted to stimulate completion of tourist projects as soon as possible.