Baghdad’s referendum measures adversely affecting Kurdistan tourism

Published on : Friday, November 3, 2017

Kurdistan tourismAfter Baghdad imposed disciplinary measures on the Kurdistan Region, its tourism sector has been hugely affected following the independence referendum and the outbreak of military fight between the Iraqi army and Peshmerga on October 16. The tourist spots of the region have witnessed a major drop in the number of visitors.

“Because our borders are closed and there is no way for tourists to come in, in the wake of recent situation that engulfed the Region, the number of our guests has been considerably reduced from 200 or 250 guests to 10 on a weekly basis,” the owner of a hotel in Erbil explained to Rudaw.

Numerous restaurants and guesthouses in Erbil gave pink slip to the employees after the international flights of Kurdistan were banned and borders temporarily closed.

“Tourists cannot come to the cities as the border roads and the airports have been shut and that largely affects the tourism sector such as the hotels, cafeterias,” said Shukur Aziz, deputy head of the Erbil Restaurants and Guest Houses Group.

At Erbil restaurant, sales of fish by Shikar Hazim have dropped considerably.

“Our sales have decreased by 60 percent particularly this month,” sighed Hazim. “There is no market.”

“We used to sell half a ton of fish every day. Nowadays, it does not even reach 200 kilos a day.”


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