Foreign tourists not discouraged by Iranophobia

Published on : Friday, November 22, 2019

“During the past [Iranian calendar] year (ended March 19), despite all the [sanctions-related] issues and [some foreign] attempts to tarnish Iran’s international image, we have had a 52.5 percent increase in foreign arrivals compared to a year earlier,” Vali Teymouri said, IRNA reported.


Highlighting the “ineffectiveness” of an Iranophobia project, which is followed by the “enemies”, the official explained that the number of arrivals of foreign tourists in the country has risen in the first seven months of 2019 compared to the same time 2018.


He emphasized that the prime tourism challenge that Iran encounters is that it is still somewhat “unknown” for maximum travelers.


“I, as an expert, who have been working in the field of tourism for the past twenty years, believe that the main challenge of our travel industry is that Iran is internationally unknown. Moreover, over the past years, an Iranophobia project [orchestrated] by our enemies have been added too.”


Few travel associates perceives Iran with better prospects in terms of tourism as policies for defending the currency against the U.S. sanctions are showing the result.


To manage with such propaganda campaign, Teymouri said, “Currently, tourism and diplomacy packages have been prepared to be sent with the help of Foreign Ministry to various countries for further familiarization with Iran.”


On November 2018, the Trump administration reinstated sanctions on Iran, primarily the ones that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, mainly to thrash the economy of Iran.


The sanctions jointly with anti-Iran propaganda campaigns have majorly dropped the Western tourists but Iran has successfully compensated the blow by flourishing its tourism and doing its best to draw more from neighboring states.


Also, Iran has simplified traveling for people from countries like Iraq, China, Republic of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, and other countries who arrive in Iran for medical, pilgrimage and cultural heritage purposes.


During the first seven months of the past Iranian calendar year, about two million Iraqi nationals visited Iran constituting the largest source of inbound passengers in Iran.


Also, Iran aims to have a bigger share of Chinese tourism, as it, in a unilateral measure, of late permitted to ignore the visa requirement for the Chinese passport holders.


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