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Published on : Tuesday, July 21, 2015
The new Iranian nuclear deal lifts sanctions which in turn raise hopes of increased tourism in Iran. Iran has had financial and banking sanctions imposed on it since the Iranian revolution in 1979 due to which its tourism sector suffered.
But now with the Iranian nuclear deal signed in Vienna last week, the sanctions are to be lifted. These sanctions have seriously hurt the country’s economy and global image.
Planning a trip to Iran currently requires booking through a third party, and visas are difficult to obtain.
The lifting of sanctions would potentially allow international tour companies to expand their reach and offer easier access to Iran.
Iran has 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and unique cultural landscape which is waiting to be explored by global tourists.
According to Iranian network Press TV, foreign hotel groups from Germany, Greece, South Korea and Singapore had visited Iran to gather information on the Iranian tourism market and its attractions.
The Abu Dhabi-based Rotana confirmed that they are planning on opening four new hotels in Iran by 2018. CEO of the Rotana hotel group Omer Kaddouri said, ““With the lifting of sanctions, we are sure that all developers and operators will be racing to secure their position in one of the world’s largest untapped markets.”
The current number of foreign visitors to Iran are roughly around four million per year, and the tourism industry remains a largely underdeveloped market.