Around 200,000 tourists vis­ited Kur­dis­tan in Nawroz

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Around 200,000 tourists from across the world, es­pe­cially from the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, have vis­ited the semi-au­tonomous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s tourist at­trac­tions dur­ing the new Kur­dish Cal­en­dar, Nawroz. The spokesper­son for Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Tourism Board ex­plained that be­cause of the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity this re­gion of­fers, tourists are at­tracted to the place.

Nadir Rosti went on to ex­plain that the vast ma­jor­ity of tourists were coming from oth­ers parts of Iraq and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. “The ho­tels and restau­rants wel­comed the tourists very kindly and no se­ri­ous prob­lems have thus far recorded,” he said op­ti­misti­cally.

Sile­mani statis­tics

in Nawroz

Mustafa Hama-Ra­heem, Di­rec­tor of Tourism Af­fairs in Sile­mani, said that the num­ber of tourists has in­creased rel­a­tively, com­par­i­son to the pre­vi­ous year. “Out of the 200,000 tourists, around 70,000 vis­ited the sec­ond largest Kur­dish province of Sile­mani,” he ex­plained. Out of the to­tal fig­ures given, he ex­plained that 67,000 tourists en­tered the re­gion through air­ports and of­fi­cial bor­der cross­ings with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially Iran, and the rest 3,000 tourists en­tered through the towns of Raniya and Qal­adzey un­of­fi­cially [whose names were not record].

Cap­tain Mari­wan Mo­hammed Amin, spokesper­son for Gen­eral Di­rec­torate of Sile­mani’s Traf­fic Po­lice, said that around 12 car ac­ci­dents recorded were recorded in the province. Out of the ac­ci­dents, at least two per­sons died, wound- ing eight other.

He also said that the rate of the car ac­ci­dents has been re­duced very dra­mat­i­cally in Nawroz but the di­rec­torate wants to pre­serve the safety of ci­ti­zens, and seeks to lower the num­ber of car ac­ci­dent-re­lated in­juries. “Part of the ac­ci­dents hap­pened due to ex­ceed- ing the el­i­gi­ble speed by youths,” he said.

Duhok statis­tics

in Nawroz

Obaidul­lah Da­wood, Di­rec­tor of Gen­eral Di­rec­torate of Tourism in Duhok, said that the num­ber of the tourists who en­tered Kur­dis­tan from neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially Turkey and Syria, dur­ing the first eight days of Nawroz is es­ti­mated to be around 90, 000. “Around 44 per­cent of the tourists were en­tered Kur­dis­tan Re­gion through Ibrahim Khalil bor­der,” he said.

The di­rec­torate had in­di­cated at least 15 tourist at- trac­tions where it or­ga­nized scores of par­ties and cer­e­monies. Kur­dis­tan re­gion has been try­ing to cater for touris­tic needs, hop­ing to mark them­selves vis­i­ble for the world as a safe haven in Mid­dle east with hun­dreds of at­trac­tions.

A Kur­dish cou­ple seen here in Shanadar Park cel­e­brat­ing the ar­rival of Nawroz, the Kur­dish new year. March 20, 2013.

A view of fire­works dis­play over the sky of the cap­i­tal city of Er­bil dur­ing Nawroz, Kur­dish New Cal­en­dar, cer­e­mony on March 20, 2013.

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