Lebanon, Syria sign tourism cooperation agreement


Syria’s Tourism Minister Saadallah Agha Al-Qalaa and his Lebanese counterpart Fadi Abboud signed on Monday the executive program of the tourist cooperation agreement between Syria and Lebanon for the years 2011-2015.

Agha al-Qalaa said the meeting is aimed at serving the interests of Syria and Lebanon, given that tourism has become a real industry that highly contributes to the Gross Domestic Product, by 22 % of the GDP in Syria and 13 % in Lebanon.

”Our role is to provide all requirements of developing tourism in our countries respectively and to work together for our efforts to bear fruit,” he added, stressing the importance of catalyzing tourism between the two countries.

The Minister added that Syria and Lebanon are able to attract scores of millions of tourists from all over the world in light of their rich tourist factors.

Minister Agha al-Qalaa underlined necessity of coordinating Syrian-Lebanese efforts to attract expatriates to visit the two countries in joint tourist tracks, clarifying that frequent meetings were held lately and a tourist agreement was signed.

He hoped the two countries’ work will yield positive results as to guarantee durability of tourism in Syria and Lebanon.

Secretary-General of the Syrian-Lebanese Higher Council Nasri Khouri said the meeting of the joint tourist committee proves that the tourist integrity started to yield important steps.

Abboud said the bilateral meeting precedes the ministerial meeting to be held on Tuesday, bringing together Tourism Ministers of Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon for tourist integrity among the four countries.

He noted that tourist integrity between Syria and Lebanon serves the two countries’ interests, hoping the economic integrity and the freedom of movement will be a serious topic.