Key Words: Syria seeks to put tourists back on the road to Damascus, et al.

Syrian Tourism/YouTube

Still from the “Syria — Always Beautiful” promotional tourism video.

The Syrian government, mindful of the country’s changed tourism fortunes not only since biblical times but even in very recent years — has put out a series of surprisingly slick and surprisingly welcoming tourism videos of late. One of these, with apparently drone-shot footage of beaches and maritime fun, carries this provocative theme:

‘Syria — always beautiful.’

Ministry of Tourism

As recently as 2010, according to Ministry of Tourism data, the country was experiencing rapid growth in tourist arrivals — a 40% surge in that year alone vs.

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