Document Type : Research Paper


1 University of Sulaimania, College of Eng. Civil Eng. Department, Sulaimani, KR, Iraq

2 Civil Engineering Department , College of Engineering , Komar University of Science and Technology , Sulaimania , KR , Iraq

3 Civil Engineering Department , University of Technology - Geomatics Engineering Division


Renovation of the naturally existing area for ecotourist and investments that attracting site-visitors, picnickers and tourists for Iraq, Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani need to promote a reliable decision-making technique so as to raise the level of the tourist-based economy. In this study, the most available public well known and recognized tourist and picnic area by the people and associated governmental directories were studied and assessed for their tourism reliability and capacity. The study area of this research covered tourist area and they were forty-three (43) locations and all the related data collected, analyzed and categorized as main and sub-main criterions. The analytical hierarchy process (AHP) has been used for assessment of that area which was ranked accordingly from the highest to lowest capacity and efficiency’s reliability of tourism. The opinion of experts from tourism agencies, related tourism officials and people from the local area also taken into consideration and translated and used in the AHP assessment tool. Weight factors of the main and sub-main criterions were founded and analyses for their inconsistency. The main criterions and their pairwise weights as per AHP assessment were climate, available green area, root distance, easy of transportation, essential requirements, entertainment tools, provided security and healthcare, respectively. 

Graphical Abstract


  • Ecotourism land and picnic area ranking 
  • AHP analysis technics
  • Multicriteria decision making  


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