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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iraqi Crackdown on Foreign Workers Criticised

This article was written by Hazim al-Sharaa, and was originally published by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, It is reproduced by Iraq Business News with permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The ministry of labour has drawn criticism […]

Tourism Minister Plans to Boost Eco-Tourism

The Minister of Tourism, Liwaa Sumaisem, has announced plans to develop Iraq’s tourism sector – currently dominated by religious tourism – to include archeological and eco-tourism. He told AKnews that a law will soon be passed empowering the ministry to develop the nature reserves and visitor centers at the country’s archeological sites. The holy cities […]

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Hotels Head for Iraqi Kurdistan

Major U.S. hotel brands are moving into the north of Iraq, a reflection of growing economic development in the Kurdistan region of a country that most U.S. consumer brands have long avoided. Marriott International signed agreements on Sunday with Empire Iraq to manage two new properties in Iraq’s Erbil. The agreements, signed at the newly […]

Minister Calls on UK Businesses to Invest in Kurdistan’s Tourism Now

Kurdistan Region Tourism Minister, Samir Abdullah Mustafa, yesterday called on British investors to make the most of the opportunity to invest in Kurdistan’s tourist sector at a conference in London. Setting out plans to build 2,500 new hotels to accommodate another 1.35 million visitors annually by 2015, the Minister also highlighted existing success stories within […]