When ISIS took Mosul, in Northern Iraq, they renovated and operated the 262 room Ninawa International hotel. However without alcohol revenue from the bars, and expelled by Iraqi and coalition forces in 2017, they didn’t have enough time to recoup the capital investment.
— Syricide (@Syricide) May 7, 2015
Early in the global coronavirus pandemic, the Islamic State suspended all non-essential business travel. For a period of time jihad had to take place entirely online. Yet they’ve begun re-opening. And as they’ve worked to expand their territory, they’ve remembered the lessons of the Ninawa International Hotel in Mosul – that their time in power may be short-lived and so investing in and operating resorts isn’t likely to be a successful investment model.
ISIS fighters have captured resort islands in the Indian Ocean but they no longer seek to run the properties. Instead the “[l]uxury islands off the coast of Mozambique, where A-list celebrities spend their holidays” have been “toched” by militants. Although there are still properties in the region that are accepting guess, subject to Covid entry restrictions.
The ISIS insurgents have ordered residents to abandon the islands of Vamizi and Mecungo – where celebrities like Daniel Craig, Bono and Prince Albert of Monaco have holidayed in luxury.
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and political leader Nelson Mandela have also been known to have enjoyed holidays on the picturesque island.
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The Islamic State Central Africa Province hasn’t announced any plans for rebuilding of the resorts they’ve burned down, or a path re-opening to tourists during the pandemic.