Tourist boom in Iran after the nuclear agreement
Iran is expecting a tourist from Europe and the rest of the world boost. Iran’s vice-president for tourism, Masoud Soltanifar, said that due to the nuclear agreement and sanctions lifting, tourism is to grow rapidly in the country.
Tourist visa term has been extended from 15 to 30 days, and the electronic visa will be introduced at the beginning of the next year.
Michael Pullman, marketing manager of the British tour operator “Wild Frontiers”, which has been taking their clients to Iran for the past 10 years, says that since the nuclear agreement was signed, demands for Iran tours have increased by 30%.
On returning home, the tourists admit that they have discovered a new country for themselves.
Mr. Pullman noted that everyone seems to find that the biggest surprise is the people in Iran. The population of the country is incredibly young: more than 60% of it is younger than 35 years old. Historically, the nation is very well-educated and intelligent. The number of female university students is one of the biggest in the world.
David McGuiness from “Travel The Unknown” adds that “Iran is probably the most friendly and most welcoming country I have ever been to.” Pullman agrees: “Despite the fact that it’s 90% Shia, there are no Sunni-Shia conflicts like in neighbouring Syria or Iraq. When I walk there, I feel safer than I do in some parts of London.”
Iran is planning to build 200 new hotels. The UAE “Rotana” Hotels Group is going to open hotels in Iran. France’s leading hotelier “Accor” is taking part in the construction of two four-star hotels.
Iran expects to attract no less than 20 million tourists a year by 2025. It is worth reminding that the ancient Iranians were following Zoroastrism before the arrival of Islam. So, tourists can enjoy the most magnificent historical and archaeological sites with ancient ruins, glittering mosques and spectacular landscapes. The most significant of them are: Persepolis, the capital of the largest empire in the world; the city of Isfahan; Shiraz, the city of love and poetry; and Hamadan, where Avicenna, the father of early modern medicine, is buried. According to “Sobesednik.ru”, Iranian ski resorts are situated close to the capital Teheran.