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Radisson Blu Hotel Announced for Erbil

By Simon Kent. Carlson Rezidor, the international hotel group with over 1,300 hotels in over 100 countries, has announced that it has finalized a deal for a new hotel, 3kms from Erbil International Airport. According to Gulf News, the 260-room hotel will be located in the Western suburbs and contain an all-day dining restaurant, speciality restaurant, lobby bar, […]

74 Hotels Close in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. BasNews quotes the Head of the Kurdistan Restaurant and Hoteliers Association, Hersh Ahmad, as saying that 74 of the region’s 2,500 hotels have closed down in Erbil recently: “The main reason is the fight against the Islamic State (IS) … And those which still operate have fired 50% of their staff, increasing […]

A Basra Lunch, with Locally Sourced Truffles?

By John Lee. As long term observers of events in Iraq, the team at Iraq Business News thought we might have seen just about every unexpected story from a nation that continues to surprise. We’d heard of the popularity of the Japanese comic character Hello Kitty in Iraq or the trend among some young Iraqis for playing […]

New 25-Storey Hotel for Basra

By John Lee. The Basra Investment Commission has reportedly approved a number of projects including the construction of a 25-storey hotel and a shopping mall. According to a report from Zawya, Commission Chairman Ali Gasib said the luxury hotel would be located near the Shatt Al Arab river, while the shopping facility would be situated […]

Rotana Opens Second Hotel in Iraq

By John Lee. Hotel management company Rotana has opened its second property in Iraq. The Karbala Rayhaan is a five-star property in the tourist city of Karbala, which attracts more than 12 million visitors a year. Omer Kaddouri, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said: “In 2012 Iraq posted a GDP growth rate of […]

Downtown Erbil “a Milestone” for Kurdistan

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani kicked off the nearly-$3-billion “Downtown Erbil” project on Sunday, calling the venture that is estimated to create 35,000 jobs and transform the face of the Kurdish capital, “a milestone for the Kurdistan Region.” “This project will be a source of pride and a source of income for thousands of families,” Barzani […]

Rotana Names New Karbala Management Team

Abu Dhabi-based Rotana, a leading hotel management company, announced the general manager and other senior appointments for its new property in Iraq, the five-star Karbala Rayhaan by Rotana. General manager Nader Mobader, a seasoned hospitality player with 18 years of industry experience in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, has been leading the team through […]

Hotelogix Wins Contract in Erbil

Erbil Oscar Premium Hotel is a well-known, 5-star property located in the heart of Erbil, Iraq, the city which is touted to be the 2014 tourism capital of Iraq. The hotel required a cost-effective pricing software that could manage the entire hotel’s departments, i.e. restaurants, gym and swimming pool, minibars, etc., in an extremely easy […]