Jun 04 2012
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Tourism agencies have shifted from Syria to Kurdistan and Turkey
Adil Qassim, a tourism agency owner in Basra said they had to reconsider their Syria tours due to their customers' fear from the security situations in Syria.
"We currently have tours to Turkey and there is a kind of accepted turnout for such tours. We have also expanded our tours to Kurdistan Region as well as tours to religious sites in Iran"
Ali Shakir, Qassim's colleague, said the tourism and travel agencies had lost huge amounts due to the security situation in Syria because "Damascus was one of the most important tourist destinations for Iraq tourists and travelers. Factors for the popularity of Damascus included the spoken language there, social similarities and the cheap prices"
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