Iran's tourist inflow up by over 30% in last 7 months

Tehran, Iran, Jan.11

Trend:

The head of the Tourism Committee of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce said that in the first seven months of this Iranian year (started on March 21, 2018), the inflow of tourists into Iran has increased by 32 percent.

"In 2017, we had about 5 million tourists, who spent some $8 billion,” head of the tourism commission at Iran's Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture Ahmad Asghari-Qajari told Trend.

“A tourist must pay at least 15 euro for a meal in European countries, but in our country, given the recent exchange fluctuations, the same food can be bought for one euro, and we can say that we are currently the most attractive destination for foreign tourists,” he said.

At the same time, Asghari-Qajari said that there's still no proper infrastructure in Iran to attract tourists.

"For example, we do not have a site for foreign tourist guidance," he said.

He also pointed out to the situation with hotels in Iran, saying that some hotels in the country are worth 5 stars, but they do not conform to the standards of the hotels in the world, and the entire hotel sector in Iran is rather weak.

According to the figures published by Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcraft and Tourism Organization, by the end of July this year, 1.440 million people have traveled to Iran, which means some 30 percent increase, compared to the same period last year.

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