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Iran Sees Rise in Foreign Tourism

Since 2013 -when President Rouhani took office- up until early 2017 –the end of his first term-, almost 20 million foreign tourists visited Iran, which means Iran’s earning from tourism was 32 billion dollars. 

It is fitting to say that Isfahan is “an open museum”. The same goes for Shiraz, Tabriz, Yazd and many other cities in Iran. Tourists can explore Iran for weeks with still more to see. With a rich history and numerous cultural attractions, Iran is one of the most favored places by the tourists.  Iran’s earning from tourism  

The rise in foreign tourism in Iran is reflective of the changes made in strategy and more investments in the industry. After signing of JCPOA back in 2015, the lookout of western countries towards Iran changed for the better.

The warming up of relations between Iran and the west was encouraging 20 million tourists to choose Iran as their destination. In a way that tour guides report that Isfahan’s hotels now boast of long waiting lists. Iran’s earning from tourism  

Iran’s earning from tourism only was over 8 billion dollars in 2015
Iran’s earning from tourism only was over 8 billion dollars in 2015

Since the nuclear deal, tourism industry of Iran has invested more in building recreational centers and hotel. With the increase in westerners’ confidence, it is no surprise that a rise has happened in the number of tourists. 

Nevertheless, there are still certain problems. Tourists are advised to use local guides. They face several problems regarding the use of credit and debit cards from non-Iranian banks and consequently, they have no other choice but to carry thousands of dollars on them. Most of the time, they opt for carrying less cash and as a result, they spend less. However, they prefer spend more money during their time in Iran. 

The story of travel ban and its effects 

Threats included ripping up of the nuclear deal, banning Iranians from traveling to the US and also, banning the entrance of other nationalities traveling to Iran. Fortunately, he has been unsuccessful in making any definite moves.  Iran’s earning from tourism  

The nuclear deal is not only a deal between Iran and the US and that is the reason why Trump cannot call it off. Even American judges challenged President Trump by extending the court order blocking his travel ban. They cut the restrictions placed on visitors from seven countries including Iran, or travelers who had recently visited Iran. As a result, it is safe to say that Trump has not caused any lasting damages. Iran’s earning from tourism 

Although none of Trump’s hostile strategies turned into reality, they created doubt in the mind of western tourists. However, Mohammad Izadkhasti, deputy of Isfahan’s Tourism told that despite all these challenges, the number of incoming tourists has increased thrice the amount before the nuclear deal. Consequently, investment has also increased, showing an exceptional rise compared to the amount before the nuclear deal.

Iran’s earning from tourism was 32 billion dollars in early 2017
Iran’s earning from tourism was 32 billion dollars in early 2017

Since the first election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s president back in 2013, the number of tourists lifted. Compared to 3.8 million tourists in 2012, it raised to be 5.2 million in 2015. As a result, Iran’s earning from tourism only was over 8 billion dollars in 2015.

In April 2017, Morteza Rahmani Movahed, deputy of tourist affairs in the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, announced: “Since 2013 -when President Rouhani took office- up until early 2017 –the end of his first term-, almost 20 million foreign tourists visited Iran, earning 32 billion dollars in revenue for the country.” Iran’s earning from tourism 

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