Iran plans to attract 7.5 million tourists next calendar year
Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar. 13/ Trend F.Milad/
Iran has adopted policies to attract 7.5 million tourists in the next calendar year, which starts on March 20, the head of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Hassan Mousavi said.
Canceling visas for nationals of some certain countries, issuing visas at airports and establishing free tourism zones are among the policies, Hassan Mousavi told IRNA news agency.
The Iranian Employment Higher Council has approved creating 2.5 million jobs in the next calendar year, which starts on March 20, Fars news agency reported.
Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami said that the country plans to cut its unemployment rate to seven percent by the end of 2012 in line with the fifth socio-economic development plan (2010-2015).
Unemployment rate in Iran stood at 13.5 percent last calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2011, showing a 1.6 percent increase compared to the figure for its preceding year, the Iranian Statistical Center reported.
The report put the country's jobless population during the third quarter of the current calendar year at over 2.6 million, Mehr news agency reported.