Nechirvan Barzani: Kurdistan is seeking to make tourism, agriculture and industry sub
Nechirvan Barzani: Kurdistan is seeking to make tourism, agriculture and industry substitute for oil and gas
March 19, 2016 20:53
The President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, on Saturday that his government is seeking to make tourism, agriculture and industry sectors, "substitute resource" for the oil and gas sector, as pointed out investment "six billion dollars" in the tourism sector during the last period.
Barzani said in a speech in the tourism investment conference in Arbil, attended by Alsumaria News, "The Kurdistan Regional Government is planning to make the tourism sector with the agricultural and industrial sectors as a resource substitute for the oil and gas sector," noting that "during the last period was six billion dollars investment in the tourism sector in the Kurdistan Region. "
Barzani said, "Between 2007 and 2016 the tourism sector has witnessed a remarkable development," explaining that "in 2007 we had 105 tourist hotels in Kurdistan and now we have become 764 a tourist hotel."
"The number of tourists during this period increased from 377 thousand tourists to 3 million tourists."
And it was launched on Saturday, the activities of tourism investment conference in Erbil with the participation of foreign and local companies in order to activate the tourism sector.
According to informed sources that the size of the volume of imports of the tourism sector in the Kurdistan Region reached in the year 2013 more than $ 6 million, but the tourism sector in the Kurdistan region has seen a significant decline over the past two years because of the war against the "Daash" financial crisis in the Kurdistan region.