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You have to change or get left behind, Blair tells WTTC...

SEOUL (eTN) – The former prime minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Tony Blair, delivered this year’s keynote address for the second regional summit by the World Travel & Tourism C

Syria and China lead in top international stories at Overseas Press...

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 2012 saw key international press coverage originating from Syria and China.

Syrian civil war killing Lebanese tourism

As civil war rages in neighbouring Syria and with tourism from the Gulf non-existent, hardened Lebanese merchants are surviving on a mixed bag of individual initiative, well-off Syrian tourists and he

Emirates suspends all flights to and from Damascus

Dubai's Emirates has suspended its flights to and from Damascus until further notice, the airline said in a statement on its website on Thursday.

The Israel-Hamas conflict and tourism

For most media commentators, tourism would be considered an irrelevance as reporters discuss the human misery inflicted on southern Israel and Gaza and the military and political ramifications of the

Syria says no to foreign intervention

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan has taken a strong position against the intervention of foreign forces in Syria, and such a position is altogether different than the expectation of the United States th

Saudi Foreign Minister calls for quick support for Syrian people

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal addressed the inaugural International Conference of the Friends of the Syrian People meeting in Tunisia.

UAE airlines oppose ban on flights to Syria

Airlines in the UAE are continuing to fly to Syria after the Arab League issued a deadline of yesterday for sanctions.

Syrian tourism to shift to the East for new markets

DAMASCUS, Syria - Switching to new markets was the most important strategy Syria has lately taken to salvage tourism, the country's second largest source of foreign currency, from inevitable breakdown

Syria encourages domestic tourism

The Syrian Ministry of Tourism has adopted a package of measures to encourage the domestic tourism.

Challenges to the recovery of tourism in Egypt in 2011

Tourism to the Middle East, or should we more accurately describe it as the Muddle East, has been under serious siege during 2011.

UN chief voices alarm at escalation of violence in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his alarm at the escalation of violence in Syria, which has reportedly claimed at least 70 lives over the past week alone, and called for independent and tra

Ban reiterates calls to end deadly violence and mass arrests in...

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his calls for an immediate end to the violence in Syria and for an independent inquiry into the numerous killings during recent protests amid fresh reports

Syria: UN urges end to violence and calls for probe into...

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the ongoing violence against peaceful demonstrators in Syria, which has resulted in more deaths and many injuries, and called upon the country's authorities

Al-Jazeera office raided in Sana’a; anti-press attacks in Libya, Syria, Bahrain

New York (eTN) - Plainclothes gunmen raided Al-Jazeera's Sana'a bureau early this morning, confiscating equipment and obstructing operations, the Qatar-based news channel reported today as a drumbeat

Mideast countries untouched by mayhem lower tourist forecasts

Regional and international tourism professionals are bracing for fallout from the unrest shaking the Middle East, with cancellations affecting even countries so far spared from the upheavals, notably

Minister: Syrian tourism up 40 percent

According to Syria's Tourism Minister Saadallah Agha al- Qalaa, the number of visitors to Syria increased 40 percent in 2010, generating $8.3 billian in tourism revenue.

Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon to cooperate on tourism

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Tourism Ministers from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey convened to launch a quadripartite mechanism for tourism, an initiative that they said embodied the first steps toward establ

Syrian tourist numbers up 55%

DAMASCUS — The number of visitors to Syria for the first seven months of this year has risen by 55 percent compared to the same period last year, the tourism ministry said on Wednesday.

5 men planning to pass fake dollars to tourists arrested in...

A Syrian security official says five men have been arrested for forging $6 million and planning to pass the fake money to tourists visiting the country.

Women leaders in modern Syria, the Arab world and international community

“Political empowerment of women in [the] Arab World sets new signs, and women will make the most powerful changes to the econmic crisis," said HE Dr.

Syria’s tourism up 12%

Tourist numbers in Syria rose 12% last year from 2008 levels, with Arabs accounting for the bulk of visitors, government statistics showed.

ATB Travel Fair opened by Syrian Tourism Minister Dr. Sadaalah Al...

DAMASCUS, Syria - With participation from official tourism boards such as Greece, Thailand, Jordan, Turkey, India, Malaysia, and Syria together with airlines, hotels, tour operators, restaurants, and

Americans join the crowds on the road to Damascus

The country's capital city Damascus may very well be the oldest continuously populated city in the world. At least it lays claim to that title.

Arab nations call on Israel to seize opportunity for peace at...

The moment has come for Israel to take action to achieve a lasting peace in the Middle East, Arab nations told the I=United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate yesterday, calling for an imm

Visa travel restrictions between Syria and Turkey end

The foreign ministers for Syria and Turkey announced that Syrians could travel to Turkey without visas, and vice versa.

Syrian tourism grows 23%

DAMASCUS - Despite the global financial crisis, Syria saw a 23 percent increase of Arab and European tourists in July compared to the same month last year, showed the latest official statistics releas

Syria is opening to tourism

DAMASCUS - Iranian pilgrims pray beside Arabs at the 8th-century Umayyad Mosque, one of Islam’s grandest sites.