Ira­nian Vis­i­tors to the Re­gion up 40%.

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - N. M. Mo­ham­mad

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.

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