Syrian tourist board promotes its beach holidays as civil war rages

T he Syrian tourist board has the hardest job in marketing: amidst a five-and-a-half year conflict that has killed nearly half a million people, triggered the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War, reduced many towns to rubble and sucked in jihadist groups bent on terror, is has the unenviable task of promoting holidays to the country.

Talk about a tough sell.

But despite the obvious challenges, the Syrian Ministry of Tourism seems dedicated to its cause with the release of a new promotional video plugging beach breaks to the coastal town of Tartus.

11 people are killed by car bomb targeting police near Istanbul’s top tourist spots

Bomb ripped through a bus carrying riot police through central of Istanbul Seven officers and four civilians were killed in the blast with 36 wounded The explosion happened close to the Turkish 1 city’s main tourist spots It also saw shops near by have their windows smashed and cars damaged | 10 View comments A bomb has ripped through a bus carrying riot police near Istanbul’s top tourist spots killing 11 people.

The blast happened during rush hour in the Turkish 2 city killing seven officers and four civilians and comes after a string of attacks in the country

Crawley firm Jewel in the Crown Holidays goes bust

Image caption Jewel in the Crown sent up to 18,000 holidaymakers a year to Turkey A UK holiday firm specialising in travel to Turkey has gone into liquidation, blaming the country’s political situation.

Jewel in the Crown Holidays, based in West Sussex, has been trading for 29 years and claimed to be the largest independent tour operator to Turkey.

The company, which sent up to 18,000 holidaymakers a year to the country, ceased trading on Friday

Istanbul explosion: Sultanahmet Square tourist hotspot rocked by blast as casualties reported

A number of people have been killed after a massive explosion ripped through a tourist hotspot in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Horrified witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion this morning in the city’s historic Sultanahmet district.

As many as 10 people are feared to have been killed in the explosion with potentially 15 injured

Terror police raid Calais hotel amid fears of jihadi cell trying to sneak into …

French anti-terrorist police have raided a hotel in Calais today over fears a jihadi cell could be using it as a base to sneak into Britain in the wake of the Paris attacks. 1 Heavily-armed officers stormed the budget Belazur Hotel in the town centre at 10.30am.

Border police with sniffer dogs then followed the police SWAT teams into the building in Calais, and the area was sealed off to the public.