MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Syria is preparing several projects that might interest Russian investors and tourists, since investments have begun flowing back into the sector, Tourism Minister Bishr Yazigi told Sputnik.
Yazigi added that while tourism in Syria suffered the most in 2012 and 2013, investments from both Syrians living abroad and foreigners began returning to the industry in 2016.
Syria is one of the most affordable tourist destinations, with different recreation activities available, but the country's image has been tarnished and many people know only about the ongoing armed conflict, the minister noted.
Since 2011, Syria has been enmeshed in a conflict between the government and armed opposition, exacerbated by the attempts of terrorist groups, such as Daesh (banned in Russia), to seize the country's territory. Several rounds of talks have been held in Geneva and Astana to help facilitate political reconciliation.