Hotel owners in Kerbala complained that an Iranian company took over exclusive rights to bring in Iranian pilgrims to the city. Kerbala is a city famous for being home to two important Shiite shrines. The economy of the city depends largely on revenues generated from religious tourism. Alaa Mahfouz, a hotel owner, said the Iraqi embassy in Iran is issuing visas to Iranian pilgrims through one particular government-owned Iranian company. Zuhair Mahmoud, who runs a tourism company lamented that such practices would undermine religious tourism business.
I would love to know the story behind this company.