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Iraqi Kurdistan Tourism in Tatters as ISIS War Drags On

A street vendor displays items on a stall at a market at the bottom of the Erbil Citadel.

Billboards still read “Welcome to Erbil, 2014 Arab Tourism Capital,” but most of the visitors Iraq’s Kurdistan region welcomed last year were people made homeless by a jihadi offensive. It was supposed to be tourism’s takeoff year but ISIS’ June onslaught dashed those hopes overnight when it plunged Iraq into chaos. “I cannot even …

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$95m Snow Sports Resort in Kurdistan Launched

Korek mountain

Iraq is not currently the obvious choice for a ski holiday but the Korek Mountain Resort in Kurdistan is hoping to change that. The $95m resort in Kurdistan Region threw a pre-launch party as part of the government’s plan to make the region a major tourist destination. However with ongoing …

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Hyatt Hotels to Open First Property in Kurdistan and Iraq

The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai will be opening its first hotel in Kurdistan and Iraq.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has confirmed it has entered into a management agreement with Claremont Group, a New York-based real estate development company, for a Hyatt Regency hotel in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Expected to open in 2017, Hyatt Regency Sulaymaniyah will be the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Iraq. “Bringing …

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