Iran seeing growing foreign guests after nuclear deal
Tehran, Iran, February 14
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran made a deal with six world powers for more global engagement and booming economy. The deal, implemented on January 16, ended sanctions which had brought the country's economy to its knees.
In the days following the implementation of the JCPOA (official name for the nuclear deal), one could see more and more of foreigners walking down the streets of capital city Tehran. They are either tourists or businessmen seeking a share of the giant market that has opened up to them.
"For the time being we are seeing mostly businessmen, and I have to add that was I expected beforehand," a hotel clerk told Trend February 14.
"What I mean is businessmen were preparing for this day and now they are here exploring the market."
But, most of the visiting foreigners look like more official people coming with delegations and rather very business-minded than otherwise, Jamshid, a clerk at a hotel downtown Tehran said.
"That's why you see them going to rather high-class hotels rather than any place around the city. I guess we have to wait some more to see real ordinary foreigners visiting us," he added.
Numerous delegations from especially European and Asian countries have been visiting Iran since about a year ahead of the implementation of the deal when prospects were on the rise that Iran and the powers would succeed in pushing the task home.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also responded the visits by traveling to Italy and France a few days after the deal was put into force.
Numerous economic agreements have been signed during the visits. Iran plans to rebuild its economy via foreign expertise, technology, and finance. The deals so far signed expand a wide area from transportation to oil, gas and insurance.