Is Iran the top holiday destination for 2016?
Iran is preparing for a “tsunami” of foreign tourists as Western countries lift sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.
The country is home to ancient sites, fascinating cities and magnificent Islamic architecture. Masoud Soltanifar, Iran’s vice president and the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization chief, told the Associated Press2: “In the post-sanctions era, tourism is an industry that will get a boost more than any other sector. See also: Strangest visa application questions revealed3
“Tourism is certainly the driving engine to get Iran’s economy out of recession. Iran’s tourism sector is a flourishing market for investors. We are anticipating a tsunami of tourists after sanctions are lifted.”
According to the Independent4, Iran aims to welcome 20 million tourists by 2025. See also: Why you should book your 2016 Discount Holidays © holiday now5 It is set to announce new projects to attract foreign investment over the coming days.
The country has suffered a sharp decline in tourism in the years of Western sanctions. Soltanifar said officials are working to remove obstacles for tourists and issue visas on arrival at Tehran’s airport for travellers from 190 countries. Americans and Brits will need a visa before travelling to Iran.
- ^ Iran (travel.aol.co.uk)
- ^ Associated Press (www.cnbc.com)
- ^ Strangest visa application questions revealed (travel.aol.co.uk)
- Independent (www.independent.co.uk)
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