More than 56,000 tourists from central and southern Iraq visited Erbil during Eid al-Fitr

The spokesperson also expects the number of tourists to increase in the next few days. Fazil added that tourists would be welcomed warmly by their staff.
Tourists are pictured in the tourist destination of Shaqlawa district in Erbil province, April 12, 2024. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
Tourists are pictured in the tourist destination of Shaqlawa district in Erbil province, April 12, 2024. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Nariman Fazil, spokesperson for the Erbil General Directorate of Tourism, told Kurdistan24 that more than 56,000 tourists from central and southern Iraq have arrived in Erbil during the two days of Eid al-Fitr.

The spokesperson also expected the number of tourists to increase in the next few days. Fazil added that tourists would be welcomed warmly by their staff.

Despite hurdles such as the war on ISIS and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kurdistan Region’s tourism industry has continued to expand, with six million tourists visiting in 2022. In 2023, there were seven million tourists recorded, equaling a 16% increase from the previous year.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), as part of its Ninth Cabinet's agenda, has emphasized the importance of tourism as an alternative to diversifying its reliance on hydrocarbon revenues. The plan includes an 8-year-long strategy to attract 20 million tourists annually.

In August 2023, the Delal Corniche was inaugurated in Zakho. The area surrounding the city's ancient bridge, known as Pira Delal, was renovated after suffering from years of neglect.

In turn, the renovated Delal area intends to boost the city's tourism, entertainment, and business sectors, in addition to providing a refined communal area for residents.