Over 140,000 Tourists Visit Kurdistan Region In Four Days
More than 140,000 tourists have visited the Kurdistan Region in only four days, the region’s general board of tourism said.
The General Board of Tourism of Kurdistan-Iraq issued a statement on Tuesday (June 27) on the arrival of tourists to the region between June 23 and 26.
The number of tourists has increased in comparison to last year, according to the board, when tourists visited the region during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan.
Sunday marked the first day of the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which lasted for three days.
“We continue to develop the tourism sector with the support of the Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister and the direct supervision of the minister of municipality and tourism,” the statement noted.
The board expected the number to increase in the next few days.
The Sulaimani Directorate of Tourism said on Monday (June 26) 30,500 tourists from central and southern Iraq as well as neighboring countries had come to the governorate in the past four days.
Officials in the Sulaimani Governorate expected an increase of visitors to the city this year compared to the previous year, which hit 750,000 tourists. The Tourism Directorate in Sulaimani expects more than one million tourists in 2017.
One of the sites tourists visited in their vacations was Chavi Land Amusement Park in Sulaimani. According to statistics, 40,000 tourists entered the amusement park in the first day of Eid al-Fitr.
Sulaimani provides an ideal escape for many Iraqis, not only from the summer heat but also from the precarious security situation in cities such as Baghdad.
Sulaimani is called the Kurdistan Region’s "cultural capital" due to the fact that many Iraqi philosophers, poets, writers and artists came from the city.
Pleasant weather, tourist attractions and relative stability have made it a preferred destination for Iraqis.