The media secretary at the Kurdistan Regional Government's Ministry for Tourism said on Saturday that nearly 37,000 tourists visited Kurdistan during Eid al-Adha.
Kan'an Baha'addin told AKnews during the four days of the Eid 15,000 tourists visited Erbil province, 13,000 Dohuk, and 8,500 Sulaimaniya.
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic celebration that takes place at the end of the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca), when Muslims traditionally commemorate the trials and sacrifices of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) through the sacrifice of a goat or a sheep. This year the Eid was marked on Nov. 16.
Most of the visitors were Iraqi Arab holidaymakers from south and central Iraq, while others were Iranians, Baha'addin said.
The official stressed their statistics were "accurate". There were also many people from outside Kurdistan who came only to visit their relatives. Those who stayed with their relatives instead of going to hotels and those who stayed less than 24 hours were not registered as tourists, the official added.