Iranian Visitors to the Region up 40%.
The Kurdistan region sees more and more tourists every year. This year, 214,000 tourists poured into resorts in the Region in just five days. Over Newroz, no fewer than 29,000 Iranians arrived in the Region through the Haji Omaran international border. However, these tourists have complained about the lack of road signs, signposts and services in the tourist facilities.
The Kurdistan region sees more and more tourists every year. This year, 214,000 tourists poured into resorts in the Region in just five days. Over Newroz, no fewer than 29,000 Iranians arrived in the Region through the Haji Omaran international border. However, these tourists have complained about the lack of road signs, signposts and ser- vices in the tourist facilities.
Nadir Rosty, spokesperson for the Region’s Tourist Board, said that 214,000 tourists arrived to spend the holiday in Kurdistan between March 16 and 21, and first day of the Newroz festival, and that the number of tourists was still increasing. Regarding the complaints, Ali Reza, a tourist from Iran, said that the lack of signposts and road signs mean peo- ple do not go to the places they mean to visit. He did not see a single road sign between Haji Omaran and Soran, and had to ask other drivers or people on the road for directions.
Xalil Ramazan, another tourist, stated that though there are public services, these are not maintained properly. This is especially true of WCs, which many tourists have had difficulties with. There are public toilets in some places, but they are in such bad condition they cannot be used. Another problem he mentions is that there are insufficient plastic bags for disposing of the trash from their picnics.
Sergeant Zirar Hussein, Head of the Residency and Passport office at the Haji Omaran border, spoke to the Hewler newspaper and said that on March 12- 23, 29,633 Iranians crossed the border into Kurdistan, which in 40% higher than in 2013. In comparison, 21,941 Kurdish tourists have visited Iran for the holidays. He also states that after five days of closing the border for trade or business because of the Newroz holidays, it is now open again for business.
120,000 tourists visited the Soran area. Barzan Mohammad, director of Soran Tourism, confirms that this number of tourists visited the four towns in Soran and its resorts. The number of tourists vacationing in the area continues to increase each year, with the majority coming from Iran and different cities in the Region. He also revealed that although the visitors did not, as in previous years, take responsibility for tidying up after themselves and keeping the picnic areas clean, the collaborating companies and teams were, fortunately, able to keep everywhere clean and tidy.