COVID restrictions caused $233m loss for Iran tourism

Published on : Thursday, January 6, 2022

Due to COVID restrictions in the past two years, the tourism industry of Iran has suffered $233m losses. “Iranian tourism facilities have incurred a loss of 69 trillion rials ($233 million) due to the outbreak of the coronavirus over the past two years,” an official with the tourism ministry has said.

To the tourism industry, it’s been a major shock when this deadly virus came out in 2019; Rokna quoted Mohammad-Kazem Kholdi-Nasab as saying on Monday.

The official said, in March 2020, almost all pre-scheduled trips were called off except for the ones that was essential.
“Travel is not believed to be the cause of the outbreak, rather it is a lack of adherence to health protocols that have caused the outbreak, but people canceled their trips anyway, causing major damage to the tourist facilities across the country,” he explained.

With only two months until the upcoming new Iranian year holidays, for Iranian holidaymakers and travellers, the tourism ministry is all set to introduce safe and smart travel packages.

In Iran, almost 70 percent of the population has been vaccinated, so these trips may be able to partially recompense the injury done to tourism facilities in two years, he mentioned.

In 2021, the tourism ministry declared that the country was growing before the corona outbreak. In 2019, its revenues reached $11.7 billion, which accounted for 2.8% of GDP, nearing the average share of tourism in the world GDP, which was 3.2 percent.

Iran was ranked as the second fastest-growing country in tourism based on data compiled by the World Tourism Organization.

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