Kur­dis­tan em­braces tourists in Newroz

Over 214,000 tourists have en­tered Kur­dis­tan re­gion only in five days

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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