Tourist Arrivals Reach 145,000 in Kurdistan Region over Last Two Days
The Kurdistan Region’s Board of Tourism announced on Sunday (September 3) that as many as 145,000 tourists visited the region in the first two days of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Tourists are continuing to visit the region, board spokesman Nadir Rosti said.
According to figures from the Tourism Directorate in Sulaimani, the province is expected to see a tourism boost for four day of the Eid holiday with 150,000 tourists visiting Sulaimani.
For many Iraqis, Sulaimani provides an ideal escape not only from the summer heat, but also from a 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.
The city of Sulaimani took the top rank in 2016 for the number of visitors across the Kurdistan Region and the number has increased by four in comparison to the previous year.