The General Board of
Tourism of Kurdistan said Thursday that Kurdistan received over 136,000
tourists in one week who came to participate in New Year's celebrations and enjoy
ice skating in mountainous areas.
Nader Rusti, spokesman for the General Board, said that the number of tourists increased by 152 percent compared to the same period last year, adding that a total of 52,000 tourists visited Kurdistan during the New Year's celebrations last year.
Most of the tourists in the Kurdistan region this time came from southern and central Iraq, Rusti said, expecting that Kurdistan received at least $27 million through this week as tourism revenue.