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The Tourism Ministry bans celebrations on Christmas and New Year

The Tourism Ministry has decided to ban parties and celebrations at tourist facilities and restaurants in all Syrian provinces on Christmas and the New Year in order to ensure that these facilities adhere to specific occupancy rates in the light of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Director of the Tourism Quality and Control at the Ministry of Tourism Ziad Al-Balkhi said that the ministry’s decision doesn’t provide for the closure of these facilities.

According to Al-Balkhi, the decision was made because the celebrations held in these places witness crowding and violate the conditions set for all the tourist facilities, including hotels and restaurants of various classifications.

He pointed out that the penalties for violations in these facilities may amount to closure.

World Tourism Organization: World tourism down by 70 percent

The World Tourism Organization announced Tuesday that the movement of international tourist delegations recorded a sharp decline of 70 percent in the world in the first eight months of the year compared to the previous year, due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Madrid-based UN organization said that the two months of summer, which usually constitute an active tourist season in the northern hemisphere, were disastrous. They saw a decrease in the number of tourists by 81 percent in July compared to the same month last year, and 79 percent in August.

The organization notes in its statement that this collapse represents a 700 million decline in the number of tourists and losses amounting to 730 billion dollars for the global tourism sector, "more than eight times the losses recorded after the global financial crisis in 2009."

The Asia-Pacific region, which was the first region to hit the outbreak, is the worst affected (-79 percent), followed by Africa and the Middle East (-69 percent), Europe (-68 percent) and the American continent (-65 percent).

The decline in the delegations of vacationers to Europe was slightly weaker than in other regions of the world (-72 percent in July and -69 percent in August), but "the recovery was short-lived due to the imposition of new restrictions on travel due to the increase in the number of infections again,” According to the World Tourism Organization.

Kafarayya village in Lattakia ... a distinctive destination for exploration enthusiasts

Kafarayya  River Valley and its tributaries is one of the distinctive destinations for exploration enthusiasts, with its virgin forests, fresh springs and waterfalls  and what makes it more beautiful is the spread of caves, fishing terraces and canals carved in the rock along its stretch and other beautiful landscapes that could be wonderful paintings. .

The village of Kafarayya  is located at the foot of a hill  of a height ranging between 200 and 500 meters in Al-Haffeh region .  It still preserves  many archaeological monuments, according to Bashar Shakouhi, a resident of the region and a fan of exploration and camping.

Oyoun Al-Wadi” Village...The Glamor of Nature and Creativity

The abundance of its fresh springs and the beauty of the picturesque nature there, made the village of "Oyoun Al-Wadi" a destination for those wishing to enjoy the wonderful nature and fresh air due to its unique location as it mediates the governorates of Homs, Hama and Tartous.

The village, which rises about 650 meters above sea level and enjoys moderate climate in summer, is surrounded by a group of hills with many springs, the most famous of which are Ain Al-Dayaa, Ain Al-Hallaj, Abu Othman, Al-Basal, Al-Fawar, Ain Al-Qassuma and others.

The village is surrounded by mountains, namely the mountains of Dimas, Rumati, Dhahr al-Deeb, and Bala'a. These mountains are covered with forest trees such as laurel and oak, in addition to the plains and poplar trees that grow on the banks of rivers.

In the plains surrounding the village, the people grow fruit trees, including apples, which are a staple crop, along with peaches, cherries, peaches, pears, grapes and figs, in addition to grains such as wheat, barley, corn, lentils and chickpeas.

Tourism licenses three new facilities at a cost of 1.6 billion Syrian pounds.

Damascus,(ST)-The Tourism Directorate in Lattakia granted three licenses to tourist facilities during July and August of this year, at a cost of one billion and six hundred million Syrian pounds.

The Ministry of Tourism said in a statement, which SANA received a copy of, that the licenses include the construction of a two-star restaurant in Al-Qardaha, Al-Maran area, two modified tourist qualification forms for the property of the Burjuman restaurant with a two-star level, as well as a two-star tourist qualification for the “Obaskai” restaurant.

These establishments have a capacity of 570 seatings and provide many job opportunities for graduates of hotel and tourism institutes and other specialties.

Haifaa Mafalani