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Duhok Tourist Sites Booming

From Rudaw. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Duhok tourist sites welcome more than 12,000 visitors in two weeks Tourist sites in Duhok province have seen upwards of 12,000 tourists in the two weeks since holidaymakers were allowed in from other parts […]

Socio-Economic growth through Eco-Tourism in Thi Qar

Launch of Sumereen: Socio-economic growth through eco-tourism in Thi Qar Funded by the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be supporting socio-economic growth through eco-tourism and cultural heritage preservation in the Governorate of Thi Qar, south of Iraq. Virtually launched, project Sumereen: Sumerian Youth for Economic Development and Cultural Heritage, will […]

Iran, Iraq to Expand Tourism Ties

By John Lee. Iraq and Iran have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) relating to cooperation in the tourism sector. According to Tehran Times, the document includes the areas of medical tourism and religious tourism, and was agreed between Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, and Iraq’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities. […]

A whistle-stop Tour of Iraq

By Padraig O'Hannelly. Our friend and former contributor Robert Tollast has been touring Iraq's religious and archeological sites. Writing in Middle East Eye, he says: "Iraq still gives visitors a sense of having a private viewing of some of the world's wonders, such as the 4,000-year-old ruins of Babylon, and the awe-inspiring Holy Shrines of […]

US issues New Iraq Security Alert

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hasd advised all U.S. citizens of heightened tensions in Iraq and the requirement to remain vigilant. Actions to Take: Do not travel to Iraq Avoid places known as U.S. citizen gathering points. Keep a low profile Be aware of your surroundings Assistance: U.S. Embassy Baghdad Al-Kindi Street, International Zone, Baghdad […]

Kurdistan Tourism to "Double" by 2025

By John Lee. The head of Iraqi Kurdistan's Board of Tourism has reportedly said that tourism is expected to "approach" 15 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025. Mawlawi Jabar Wahab told Rudaw that this would be roughly double the sector’s current size. Visitor numbers are now beginning to climb once more, topping three […]

7m Iranians, Iraqis Visit Each Other’s Country Annually

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the fact that each year, 7 million Iraqis and Iranians visit each other’s country is a sign of the two neighboring countries’ close ties. Speaking at a meeting with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Monday, attended by the chairmen of the Iraqi parliamentary factions, Zarif […]

Tourism in Kurdistan Region hits Record High

The number of tourists visiting the Kurdistan Region this year reached a record high, according to Mr. Mawlawi Jabar, Chairman of the General Board of Tourism. In an interview with the Kurdistan Regional Government website, Mr. Jabar noted: "In the first six months of 2018, 1.3 million tourists visited the Kurdistan Region, mostly from central […]

"Severe Punishment" for Price Hikes Targeting Tourists

By John Lee. Erbil’s mayor has reportedly warned hotel and motel operators against taking advantage of the increased numbers of tourists by driving up prices and breaking contracts: Nabaz Abdulhamid told Rudaw: “Any hotel or motel owner that hikes up the prices and revokes the signed contracts will be punished severely.” In the past three […]

Kurdistan’s Tourism Suffering following Referendum

By John Lee. Tourism in Iraqi Kurdistan has reportedly been hard hit following Baghdad imposed punitive measures on the Kurdistan Region following the independence referendum. Many restaurants and guesthouses in Erbil have had to lay off employees after international flights were banned and the borders temporarily closed. According to Rudaw, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) […]

Nokia to Improve Zain Iraq's Network

Finland's Nokia will modernize and expand Zain Iraq's radio networks with its most advanced technologies across Karbala, Najaf and Basra, with a special focus on the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, to support the expected increase in data and voice traffic during Zeyara as millions of people converge on the region. Zeyara is an […]

Gulf Companies looking to Participate in Iraq Reconstruction

An official in the Arabian Gulf has stated that construction companies and others in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) look forward to participating in reconstruction projects in Iraq, stressing that it has the potential to qualify for this role. Abdul Rahim Naqi, secretary-general of the Council of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stated […]