Kurdistan embraces tourists in Newroz
Over 214,000 tourists have entered Kurdistan region only in five days
Many vacationers from cities in southern Iraq alongside tourists from other countries like Iran flocked to Kurdistan resorts to celebrate the Newroz festivity
Kurdistan Region has become a hotspot for tourists as the tourism sector in the region witnessed a dramatic boom in the past two weeks especially during the days of Newroz feast. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visited the resorts located in the three provinces of Erbil, Duhok, Sulaimaniya and Garmiyan area.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Kurdistan Tourism Board, Nadir Rosti, said more tourists are expected to pour in to the Region in the coming days.
According to Rosti, Over 214,000 tourists have entered Kurdistan region for spending their leisure time from March 16 to March 21, 2014. “The number is expected to reach 400,000 visitors in the coming days.
Most of the visitors who have entered the region are people from cities in southern Iraq. In addition to that, Iranian travelers constitute a large number of those participated in the Newroz festivity.
Massoud Bateli, the director of Haji Omaran border crossing, revealed that more than 33,000 tourists have arrived and departed through Haji Omaran within the six days before Newroz started. 16,000 of them have gone to Iran, while 17,000 Iranian tourists have entered the Kurdistan Region.
“On a daily basis, 3000 tourists from Iran have entered the region to celebrate Nawroz and enjoy their time in the Kurdistan Region,” said Bateli.
He also noted that in comparison to last year’s Nawroz, the number of arrivals and departures has increased by 40%, and it is expected that the number of Iranian tourists will increase further during the days of Nawroz.
The Festival of Newroz has been exceptionally different from those of previous years due to Erbil’s becoming the capital of tourism for Arab countries in 2014. Because of that reason and owing to running Newroz Festivals in a distinguished way, the region has seen an increased flow in numbers of tourists.
Kurdistan Region has seen a great boost in tourism over the past few years. It has been recog- nized for its impressive natural landscapes and more importantly because it is the only region in Iraq that offers security.
During the spring and summer seasons, every day, thousands of tourists from Middle and Southern Iraq, and many others from outside of the region visit Kurdistan. The region has beautiful mountains, and landscapes. Local businesses have been set up to offer tourists mountain biking, hiking, and many other exciting activities.