France to sup­port Kur­dish tourism sec­tor

A French Re­gion signed an MOU with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion to help them develop their tourism sec­tor

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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