South Africa, Iran hold discussions on growing tourism relations

Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017

growing tourism relationsIn a bid to strengthen tourism ties, South Africa and Iran have held discussions on growing tourism relations between the two countries during Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s current working visit to Iran.


Hanekom met his Iranian counterpart, Vice-President Dr Zahra Ahmadipour, as well as the head of the Iranian Cultural, Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization on Tuesday, the Department of Tourism said in a statement in Pretoria.


Hanekom also engaged members of the tourism trade in Tehran to discuss ways of increasing tourist arrivals from Iran to South Africa.


“We have a good base to work from and grow tourism between our countries. We have been very warmly received in Iran, and the government and tourism trade has responded very positively to our effort to promote further tourism ties,” the statement quoted him as saying.


“We have a great opportunity to grow tourism between our countries, and we are working together with our Iranian counterparts to do this.”


The Department of Tourism is now working with their Iranian counterparts on finalising a Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Co-operation, said Hanekom.


Iran is among South Africa’s top three source markets for inbound tourists from the Middle East while South Africa is among the most popular destinations in the world for Muslim travellers.


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