Iran Preparing for ‘Tsunami’ of Tourists

Iran’s vice president Masoud Soltanifar has told The Associated Press that his country is preparing for a “tsunami” of foreign tourists as Iran begins implementing the deal that will lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Soltanifar, who is also Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization chief, said President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate policies and the easing of visa rules are opening the door for the return of foreign tourists to Iran.

Iran, home to 19 UNESCO-registered sites, will unveil an investment package of 1,300 projects in the coming days to attract foreign investment and boost the badly-hit tourism industry.

Even before sanctions are lifted, the number of foreigners visiting Iran has grown 12 percent in each of the past two years, with over 5 million tourists generating $7.5 billion in revenue in 2014.

(Source: The Associated Press)

(Picture: Persepolis, Iran — UNESCO)

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