Tourism in Iran is completely different, offering a selection of adventures from hiking and skiing in the Alborz and Zagros mountains, to beach holidays by the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea.

The Iranian government has been preparing concerted efforts to bring in tourists to the several places in the country and arrivals have increased during the past few years.

Kish Island by itself attracts around 1 million tourists per year, most of them are Iranian but the area also engages many non-Iranian Muslims who like to have beach holidays by having Islamic style beaches where men and women use apart beaches.

According to a report from CNN broadcasting company higher than 6 million individuals went to Iran in the year ending March 2017, up 50% on the earlier year and three times the amount in 2009, according to authenticated records.

Iran’s top tourism official says that 8 million tourists visited Iran in early 2019 that shows more than %40 rise.

He says the country will soon be hosting near 20 million travelers regardless of the US’ “maximum pressure” policy which attempts to prevent foreigners from exploring Iran.

Supervisor of the newly set up Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan explains the condition for tourism is really good in Iran as the tourism industry is booming along with both local and foreign travelers.

“Once, historical complexes used to be damaged and our finances wasn’t sufficient for all [ancient] monuments, but now, they are safeguarded many thanks to people’s contribution and [the tourism marketplace] has converted into an environment for business,” he explained.

He said request is growing up in the tourism industry, and thousands of letters of knowing on investment in the tourism industry have been signed, “which is a sign of growth” in this market.

He said Iran hosted close to 7.8 million incoming tourists in the one year to March 2019, resulting in an earnings of around 18-20 billion dollars.

“Each foreign tourist drives 1400 dollars in revenues, and this trend further boosts economy,” he noted.

The official also declared there has been a 40-percent surge in the number of visitors in the 2nd quarter of 2019 year on year.


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