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 unemployment in the region.”

Nadr Rosti, for the Kurdistan Board of Tourism, said that due to financial and security problems, far fewer fewer tourists are expected to visit this year.

(Source: BasNews)

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