France to support Kurdish tourism sector
A French Region signed an MOU with the Kurdistan Region to help them develop their tourism sector
As part of the continuously improvements in the trade, political, economic, cultural and social ties between France and Kurdistan Region, the two countries are working on further cooperation in the tourism sector.
As part of this effort, a delegation from the Kurdistan Region visited France, where they visited the Dordogne region in the Southwest of the country, which is well known for its tourist attractions.
The delegation, which included representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s
(KRG) Board of Tourism, met with senior administrative officials of the Dordogne Region and discussed various potential ways of cooperation.
The delegation also visited the Pensilvac University for tourism studies and took a tour inside the university’s departments, which followed by a discussion with the university authorities about potential use of this university for Kurdistan’s tourism sector.
Nair Rosti, official spokesperson of the Board of Tourism said that Pishtiwan Abdulkarim, the Board’s representative in the delegation signed an MOU of cooperation with the Dordogne Region Tourism authorities.
One of the points of the MOU was that the Dordogne Region would help Kurdistan Region in tourism sector free of charge.
Other points of the agreement included the establishment of Dordogne tourism coordination and cooperation committee to help Kurdistan’s tourism sector, train tourism employees and cadres abroad as well as managing Kurdistan Region’s Tourism Training Acad- emy with French tourism trainers and professionals.
Rosti reiterated that all this assistance will be for an unlimited time and free of charge.
In addition to signing the MOU, the two parties agreed to improving cooperation and arranging more visits and mutual coordination in the future.
According to Rosti Kurdistan Region Presidency Office and the KRG Representative in France had a significant role in the realization of this achievement.
Kurdish President Massoud Barzani visited France last month where he met many top ranking officials including French President François Hollande.
Last year a delegation from the Dordogne Region had visited Kurdistan in 2012 when they discussed many possible ways of mutual cooperation in the tourism sector such as making use of the French Tourism School to support the Kurdistan Region Tourism Academy in terms of training and administrative support.
Although the number of tourist visiting Kurdistan Region has been rapidly growing in the past few years, the Region is still facing challenges in attracting tourists and treating with tourists while in country and tourist attractions are not still in a proper condition to attract foreign tourists.
Hence, training professional tourism cadres and importing tourism knowledge and experience from developed countries would be a big step forward to developing tourism sector in this emerging market and new tourism attraction.
A view of the Dordogne River in the Dordogne Region, one of the well known tourist attractions in southwest France.