Archive | Leisure and Tourism in Iraq

Iraq Business News brings you the latest news on developments and opportunities in leisure and tourism industries in Iraq.

Work Starts on Best Western’s Two Iraq Hotels

Construction has started on Best Western’s first two hotels in Iraq which will operate under the Best Western Premier brand in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, reports Hotelier Middle East. The 82-room Best Western Premier Erbil Airport will be the first to open in 2013, located near to the recently-opened Erbil International Airport. This […]

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British Film Festival in Kurdistan

By Chris Bowers, British Consul General in Erbil. This article was originally published by Rudaw, and is re-published with permission by Iraq Business News. A great British poet, Samuel Coleridge, wrote in 1817 that art in its best form required a “willing suspension of disbelief”. What he meant by that is that most literature or […]

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Major New Guide to Business in Iraq

This morning saw the launch of a major new guide to business in Iraq: Entitled “The New Iraq: 2012 Discovering Business“, it was launched simultaneously in Dubai and at the “Iraq: Untapped Opportunities” conference in London. Published by Allurentis, in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the guide containes a wealth of  case studies, […]

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Sheraton Considering Hotel in Erbil

Rudaw reports that a delegation from the Sheraton hotel chain recently visited Erbil to explore the possibility of building a hotel. Omed Kayfi, head of Kurdistan Region tourism department, told Rudaw, “so far … Marriott, Hilton and Turkish Divan brands are building hotels in Erbil … Sheraton has also visited the Kurdistan Region to assess […]

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Hilton Worldwide To Open Hotel in Erbil

Hilton Worldwide is set to open its first hotel in Erbil, the flourishing capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, under a management agreement with New York based real estate developer The Claremont Group. Comprising of 200 serviced apartments, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Erbil is expected to open at the end of 2013. The new hotel will […]

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Risks in Iraq: Perception and Real

By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder and Executive Director at Ideas sYnergy, an Iraq based private sector development consulting company.   IRAQ INSIGHTS, published by Ideas sYnergy aims to consolidate and build intellectual capital on private sector development, empowering stakeholders to address issues of access and structural reforms on a diverse range of topics impacting inclusive […]

An Unexpected Friday in Iraqi Kurdistan

Advertising Feature It’s early Friday morning and I’m in a SUV travelling from Sulymaniya to the picturesque border town of Ahmad Awa. But it’s not the SUV I expected to find myself in when I first visited Iraq, or more accurately the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The only green I see is the grass covered […]