Iran’s tourism is seeing a flourishing time

Published on : Wednesday, November 9, 2016

irans-tourismIran’s attractions, with its breathtaking scenery and several world heritage sites have always fascinated travelers through years. But there are various downsides to traveling in Iran as well like ban on alcohol, absence of night life, and obligation for women, including foreigners for wearing a head scarf. Iran’s politics and its ant-western policy, as well as random arrests of people with dual citizenship and hundreds of executions every year are sheer violation of human rights.

But in spite of all these downsides, Iran is suddenly a booming tourist destination, especially for the Europeans seeking an adventurous holiday and those from Spain, Scandinavia and France are the biggest enthusiasts. Even people from the US are coming in increased numbers.

Many tourists feel that Iran is quite safe. For many years, Iran was a dark and scary place for the outsiders. But now, many tourists are taking a liking to the country for its ancient history, young and open-minded population and its food and culture. After the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, the country saw a better image for the rest of the world. Official records say that around 5.2 million tourists visited Iran last year and more are expected this year. Iran’s tour operators are also reporting increase of western visitors this year. Iran’s visa policies are also quite simple with tourist visa extended to three months. The Dutch carrier KLM also became the latest European airline to fly to Iran and it greeted with much warmth. New hotels are also coming up. Hence, tourism in Iran is getting a complete overhaul.

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