WATCH: Syria Tourism Ministry Looks to 'Game of Thrones' to Draw Visitors
PHOTO: Aleppo, Syria. (Screenshot via YouTube/Syrian Tourism)
Syria's tourism ministry clearly has its work cut out for it amid an ongoing civil war that has gone on for more than five years now. Nonetheless, its most recent promotional video of Aleppo straddles the line between creative and poor taste.
Naturally, the 60-second video shows off some of Aleppo's most stellar features, but the twist comes in the form of an acoustic version of the "Game of Thrones" theme song.
While undoubtedly a huge hit around the globe, CNN points out that the music may be seen by some as an "odd choice" given the similarities between the HBO series' fictional world and Syria, both of which are plagued by violence.
It's hard to fault Syria Tourism for attempting to capitalize on Game of Thrones' surging popularity. But even die-hard fans of the show are unlikely to be won over.
After all, the Syrian government currently holds portions of Aleppo, while rebels control the eastern part of the city, where deadly airstrikes occur almost daily.
On Monday, CNN reported at least seven people were killed in Aleppo when airstrikes destroyed a hospital.
This past March the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Syria, warning U.S. citizens against any and all travel to the country.
"No part of Syria should be considered safe from violence. The potential for hostile acts exists throughout the country, including kidnappings and the use of chemical warfare against civilians," the warning states. "Shelling and aerial bombardment, including of densely populated urban areas, have significantly raised the risk of death or serious injury. The destruction of infrastructure, housing, medical facilities, schools, and power and water utilities has also increased hardships inside the country."
Although there's no denying Aleppo's beauty from high above, Syria Tourism will have a difficult time convincing tourists of its appeal given the current state of affairs.
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