Monthly Archives: October 2013

Vivid Suli

Vivid Suli from Matin Hamarahem Sulaimanya City – South of Kurdistan An Australian/Kurdish joint venture since 2009, Kurdistan Adventures combines local knowledge with Western tour operating management. We pride ourselves on immersing our small groups of travelers in Iraqi Kurdistan culture with … Continue reading

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Kurdistan Overcoming Challenges to Boosting Tourism, Official Says

Mergapan summer resort. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region has long-term plans to boost tourism, but challenges include security, public perception about safety and training local staff for the hospitality industry, according to the Kurdistan Tourism Board (KTB). … Continue reading

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Regional Security Boosts Archeology in Northern Iraq

NORTHERN IRAQ — The mineral wealth and relative security of Iraqi Kurdistan has created a haven for foreign investment. Now, the region’s historical richness is making it a haven for foreign archeologists who are swarming into the region in unprecedented numbers. … Continue reading

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Q&A Dilshad Shahab – KRG Minister of Municipalities and Tourism

The ministry of municipalities and tourism plays a pivotal role in the development and well-being of the Kurdistan region, and has been allocated the largest slice of the government budget accordingly. After one year in his role, Minister Dilshad Shahab … Continue reading

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Business Rebuilds in a Thriving City in Iraq

Empire City, if completed as planned in 2017, will give Erbil a skyline resembling a small-scale Dubai. (Michael T. Luongo) ERBIL, Iraq — Perception is not always reality with emerging business travel destinations. That’s especially true for Erbil, the political … Continue reading

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Ancient Kingdom Discovered Beneath Mound in Iraq

A domestic structure, with at least two rooms, that may date to relatively late in the life of the newfound ancient city, perhaps around 2,000 years ago when the Parthian Empire controlled the area in Iraq. Credit: Courtesy Cinzia Pappi. In … Continue reading

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Cultural pride, and unlikely guests, at Kurdish Jewish festival

It started with the sound of drums. Lorin Darwish, a Syrian Kurd born in Qamishli, stepped out of the parking garage. She could feel the percussion in her stomach as she started walking down the hill. The whine of the familiar … Continue reading

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Hospitality and tourism in Erbil

As part of the business boom in Kurdistan Region, and its capital city Erbil in particular, more foreign business people,  diplomats and tourists are visiting the region and the city. This has led to a fast growth of hospitality and tourism sector. As … Continue reading

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