Syria has a wealth of historic attractions and UNESCO-designated sites. Sadly, the majority of them have been damaged by the ongoing civil war.
Syria's neighbors have seen their tourism activity decline because of its civil war. Maybe they can explain to Syria why this optimism is unfounded.
Syria is hoping that it can bounce back after this conflict, unlike regional peers such as Iraq or event Egypt have still not managed to do.
Is Syria ready for a new airline? No.
From a war next door to tight visa requirements, Lebanon has the makings of a country that will continue to have challenges attracting visitors.
The list includes some surprising landmarks including the St. Louis Gateway Arch and a New Jersey Park whose livelihood is as much at risk due to erosion and overdevelopment as historic sites in Syria and Burma.
With the exception of Jordan, the countries hit hardest by the Syrian crisis are the rare destinations that have both a democracy and secular leadership.
Recreational travel to many countries in the Middle East including Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt should be postponed for the unforeseeable future as uncertain political events could keep the U.S. from quickly assisting citizens.
Air France is probably one of many airlines rerouting to avoid Syria; at this point, doing anything else would be irresponsible.