Published on : Thursday, February 27, 2020
“We have now become active in attracting Russian tourists and also considering India as [a main] tourism market for the country,” Pourfaraj said.
The senior tour operator also referred to fears of corona virus spread in Iran, saying “Currently, some potential travelers to Iran are facing challenges [such as tour or flight cancelations].”
Talking on China being one of the most desired travel markets for Iran, Pourfaraj explained, “China was [selected to becoming] one of Iran’s largest tourism target markets, and in that regard, heavy investments have been carried out in the arenas of advertising and introducing travel attractions to the those who are active in the field of tourism.”
Corona virus outbreak has forced borders and air travels to come to a halt, Pourfaraj added.
“We are planning to hold B2B meetings with Russian and Indian travel agencies in the near future,” he said.
Last year, Pourfaraj said that a majority of potential Russian travelers are uninformed about the vast tourist attractions that exist in every corner of Iran, “The fact is that Iran’s political and economic relations with Russia are considered as good, but this has nothing to do with attracting tourists because it is directly connected with the Russian people. It is the Russian people who must choose Iran as their destination,” he said.
Last November, Maya Lomidze, president of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) said, “Iran, as an open-air museum of cultural heritage, is steadily attracting the attention of more Russians.”
Iranian tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan announced that Iran will follow up on the issue of visa-free travel for mutual tourist groups with Russia at the upcoming Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (MITT), which will be held from March 17 to 19.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin signed a preliminary visa-free agreement in 2017 for certain tourist groups during their meeting in Moscow.