The number of Turkish tourists visiting Syria is increased by 170 percent between January-July 2010 compared to the same period of 2009.

Pointing to the visa exemption agreement signed by Turkey and Syria, Syrian tourism officials said that the number of Turkish visitors in Syria had risen up to 943,533 during January-July period of 2010.

Such figure was 349,457 visitors in the same term of 2009, officials noted.