Published on : Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Soltanifar, said that the count of overseas visitors visiting Iran has risen significantly, and a large number of tourists have grown interested in travelling to Iran due to the positive approach of (President Hassan Rouhani’s) government to interaction with the world countries and also due to the presence of historical, natural and cultural attractions in the country.”
Soltanifar also said, “Over 4.8 million foreign tourists visited Iran in the last Iranian year (ended March 20, 2014) and brought around $5.5 billion of revenues to the country despite all sanctions and limitations.”
Soltanifar invited overseas tourists to visit Iran’s different tourist destinations, and stressed that the country enjoys high level of security for the overseas tourists.
He also pointed to the recent figures released by the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and said, “Tourists’ requests to visit Iran in the past months has had a remarkable growth.”
According to the senior official the growth is the outcome of easing some of the anti-Iran sanctions in the past months which has taken place as a result of interim agreement reached between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in November 2013.
Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri expressed satisfaction in the 300-percent rise in the number of foreign tourists traveling to the country in the first five months of the current Iranian year (March 21-August 22).