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Syrian tourism industry lost $1.5bn since 2011

Syrian tourism minister, Bishr Riad Yaziji has said the country's tourism industry has lost 300 billion pounds ($1.5bn) in revenues since the conflict broke out in March 2011, AFP has reported. "The tourism industry has lost some 300 billion Syrian pounds in direct and indirect losses," Yaziji said. "Though all the country's provinces have been affected, tourism in Aleppo (in northern Syria) has no doubt suffered the worst." Prior to the outbreak of the revolt 30 months ago, tourism revenue accounted for 12% of Syria's GDP and employed some 11% of the country's workers.