Iran introduces $30 bln worth of projects to develop tourism (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 27
By Farhad Daneshvar, Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:
Iran has drafted an investment package for developing tourism sector which includes 1500 projects worth at $30 billion, head of Iran's tourism organization told Trend. "Iran plans to attract 20 million tourists to the country over the next 10 years," the head of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Massoud Soltanifar said in an interview with Trend April 26 on the sidelines of the 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Baku.
The plan envisages $25-$30 billion in revenue per year, Massoud Soltanifar added. Calling on the domestic and international investors to cooperate with the government for developing Iran's tourism sector, he vowed support for Azerbaijani entrepreneurs to invest in Iran.
Elaborating on the measures taken to draw the attention of tourists to the country, he said Iranian government has facilitated visa regime and launched projects for the construction of new hotels. "Several projects for constructing hotels in historical and religious cities are underway," he added. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has suggested that Iran's international tourism receipts in 2013 amounted to $1.294 million.
Meanwhile, the World Bank reported that 4.96 million tourists arrived in Iran in 2014. The World Bank statistics indicate 1.175 billion inbound tourists across the globe in 2014 with an expenditure of $1.426 trillion.