Published on : Friday, October 4, 2019
Surpassing rivals like Egypt, Nepal, Georgia and South Korea, Iran ranked the second after Ecuador, according to the UNWTO annual report which lists countries where tourism has grown the most, and where it has fallen the extreme.
In the ranking, Iran is followed by Egypt where foreign arrivals were up 36 percent; Uganda with 31.9 percent; Nepal with 24 percent; Slovenia with 23 percent; Vietnam with 19.9 percent; Georgia with16.9 percent, and South Korea with 15.1 percent.
During the first five months of the current Iranian calendar year, Iran welcomed around four million foreign nationals, which shows 30 percent hike, compared to the same period last year, as per official data compiled by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.
Iran attracted 7.8 million foreign travelers during the last Iranian year, which shows 50 percent growth year-on-year.
The 2019 Travel Risk Map, which shows the risk level around the world, places Iran among countries with “insignificant risk”, a category where the UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, and Finland are placed in.
Iran boasts of hundreds of historical sites like bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, bathhouses, madrasas, mausoleums, churches, towers, and mansions, of which 22 are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Under the 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, Iran aims to increase the number of tourist arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million in 2025.