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Published on : Sunday, June 18, 2017
According to Zahra Ahmadipour, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Iranian tourism officials will discuss the possibility of relaxing visa regulations with China, Japan and South Korea in the next few months.
She said that delegates from the three countries will travel to Iran in the coming months for further talks, and said that further discussions will be held with China on the sidelines of the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu.
Ahmadipour said, “Japan is a priority source market for countries looking to develop their travel industry, so they’re devising comprehensive plans. However, our share of the Japanese outbound tourism market is insignificant … That needs to change.”
China is also a top target for Iran, ranking in the top five in Iran’s list of target markets.
South Korea’s outbound travel market has also been growing rapidly since 2011, increasing by over 52% to 19.3 million in 2015.
Talks are also being with Azerbaijan and India for visa-free travel, while the visa regime with Russia is expected to be abolished by the end of 2017.