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Over 200,000 tourists visited Kurdistan Region over past few days

  2021-07-24  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Tourists are seen at Zalm waterfall in Ahmad Awa resort of Khurmal sub-district, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, July 21, 2021. Photo by Halabja Torusim Directorate
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – More than 85,000 tourists have visited Sulaimani governorate between July 15 to 23 through the checkpoints, border crossings and Sulaimani International Airport, Sulaimani General Tourism Directorate said on Friday (July 24).

Tourists from central and southern Iraqi governorates made up the lion’s share, according to Media and Marketing Directorate within the provincial tourism directorate. 

More than 90,000 tourists also visited Erbil governorate in the same time span, Erbil General Tourism Directorate said.

In total, more than 200,000 tourists have visited the Kurdistan Region in the past few days for Eid al-Adha holiday, Amal Jalal, head of the Kurdistan General Tourism Directorate, told a media outlet. 

More than 700,000 mostly visited the resorts and recreational venues in Sulaimani governorate in the first half of 2021, an official said in early July.

In 2019, more than 3,700,000 tourists visited the Region. 

The number of tourists tinkered by 85 percent in 2020 due to the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic in early March the same year that deeply affected the sector, which is one of the main sources for the local businesses in the economic-crisis-hit Kurdistan Region. 

The arrival of the tourists came at a delicate time as the Kurdistan Region and Iraq is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases in the recent weeks following the emergence of the Delta variant in more than 90 countries including the Region and Iraq. 

On Friday, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health recorded the highest single-day COVID-19 cases with 1,598 cases since the start of the pandemic in early March 2020. The previous daily record-high stood at 1,597 in October.

911 patients recovered and twelve others died yesterday.

Overall, there have been 210,818 cases, 190,392 recoveries and 4,660 deaths across the Kurdistan Region.

(Zhyan English)