[size=36]Corona plunges Iraqi tourism .. Minister reveals economic losses are not easy[/size]
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, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, Abdul Amir al-Hamdani, revealed, on Wednesday, losses that are not easy due to the decline in religious tourism due to the spread of the new Corona virus.
Al-Hamdani said, "The economic loss of Iraq from the decline in religious tourism is not easy."
He added, "The figures we have are subject to increase as the outbreak of the Coruna virus continues, so we will not announce it at the present time."
At a time when the oil sector in Iraq, which is the main source of the country's revenue, was not affected by the Corona virus, tourism suffered heavy losses. Other important sectors, including trade, were affected by the closure of many border ports, especially with Iran.
Religious tourism is an important financial tributary for Iraq, which has been difficult over the past two weeks, especially with measures adopted by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities, including the closure of religious shrines in order to sterilize them.
Finally, the ministry revealed that the rate of arrivals to religious shrines decreased by 70 percent due to the measures taken to confront Corona, explaining in a statement that "these measures caused a decrease in the rate of arrivals to the country, which resulted in material losses, and that entry of arrivals from outside Iraq, was confined to the airports of Baghdad and Najaf. ”Ended 6/29