6m For­eign Tourists Visit Iran in Nine Months

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

KERMANSHAH (IRNA) - Some six mil­lion for­eign tourists vis­ited Iran over the past months (March 21-De­ce­me­ber 21), said deputy head of Cul­tural Her­itage, Tourism and Hand­i­crafts Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ad­dress­ing in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the new di­rec­tor gen­eral of Kermanshah Cul­tural Her­itage, Tourism and Hand­i­crafts Depart­ment, Mo­ham­mad Khayy­a­tian added that this num­ber of tourists ar­rived in Iran while the coun­try was un­der sanc­tions.

The preva­lent con­di­tions in Iran as well as the un­manly at­ti­tude of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment have prompted the of­fi­cials to pay a spe­cial at­ten­tion to the tourism as one of the job-gen­er­at­ing and for­eign ex­change-earn­ing sec­tors, he said.

Not­ing that fu­ture of the coun­try’s econ­omy will be based on tourism, he said that to­day, coun­tries such as In­dia have fo­cused their at­ten­tion on tourism.

Khayy­a­tian also re­ferred to Tur­key’s plan­ning for pro­mot­ing tourism in­dus­try, “The coun­try’s tourism in­comes are some­times more than that of our oil ex­ports.”

“We are lag­ging be­hind in the sec­tor, as it boasts of 32,000 reg­is­tered his­toric works,” he said, not­ing that how­ever given the suitable sta­tis­tics, the sit­u­a­tion is promis­ing.

He also de­scribed Kermanshah’s 371 kilo­me­ters of com­mon bor­ders with Iraq as an ap­pro­pri­ate op­por­tu­nity for boost­ing health, pil­grim­age and recre­ational tourism.

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