Boost to local economy

Sulaymaniyah sees sharp increase in tourist visits during Eid Al-Adha

SULAYMANIYAH — The city of Sulaymaniyah has seen a significant uptick in tourist activity during the Eid al-Adha holiday, according to Aram Shwani, spokesperson for Sulaymaniyah Tourism.

Shwani reported to 964media that approximately 150,000 tourists visited the city during this Eid, reflecting an increase of nearly 30,000 compared to the previous Eid al-Fitr in April and last year’s Eid al-Adha. “This year, 120,000 tourists visited during Eid al-Fitr, and last year during Eid al-Adha, Sulaymaniyah welcomed 100,000 tourists,” Shwani said.

He noted that tourism peaked on the fourth day of Eid and continued strongly today, matching the influx seen on the first day of Eid. This surge has been fueled by the extended holiday period and the subsequent closure of government offices.

“Ninety percent of the tourists are from central and southern Iraq, and the remaining 10% hail from Eastern Kurdistan [regions of Iran with majority Kurdish populations]. They arrived through various entry points including Sulaymaniyah Airport, the Bashmakh border crossing, Tasluja, and Arbat,” Shwani added.

In anticipation of the increased flow of visitors, the Sulaymaniyah Tourism Department formed four committees tasked with welcoming tourists at the airport, border crossings, and other entry points. These committees provide guides and tourism maps, collect tourist information, and conduct inspections of hotels and tourist sites.

Shwani said the department had taken a proactive approach, stating, “We have resolved any issues that have arisen.”

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