Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The Iranian government is seeing tourism as a pillar of promoting peace and friendship in the region. CHTHO chief Zahra Ahmadipour said in her address of the opening ceremony of the 10th Tehran International Tourism Exhibit on Monday, “And thanks to the discourse of moderation, the country has an enormous capacity for diplomatic engagements. I’m really happy to say that we inaugurate the tourism exhibit in a situation that the country enjoys [a period of] safety and stability.”
This fair is expected to bring Iran under spotlight for its great natural and historical attractions. Under the 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, Iran is expecting to increase the number of tourism arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million by 2025. Iran is using the platform of this fair for widening its relations with other nations and boost Iran’s national and international power. Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri said that oil revenues can no longer help Iran realize its objectives of sustainable development. Hence, Iran needs to replace the income from oil with the one derived from tourism, handicrafts, and cultural heritage.
The Iranian government now regards tourism as a source for wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the landmark nuclear deal finalized by Iran and world powers in July 2015. Reza Salehi-Amiri described Iran the most stable and secure country in the Middle East and the country of mysteries and timeless charms from the east to the west, and from the south to the north.
He said that tourism is the best way to boost cultural relations and cultural diplomacy between countries. Iran expects to reap a bonanza from its numerous tourist spots, including 21 ones that have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.