News ID: 208292
Published: 0401 GMT January 17, 2018

Official: Iran planning to attract 20 million tourists

Official: Iran planning to attract 20 million tourists

Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) said that based on the 20-Year Vision Plan (2005-25), the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran should increase to 20 million from the current five million.

Ali Asghar Mounesan who is currently in Madrid to take part in the 38th International Tourism Fair, called 'FITUR', told IRNA, "In meetings with foreign tourism officials and tour operators, we will seek to promote cooperation and raise the number of foreign tourists to the country."

To this end, publicity, information dissemination and introducing tourism attractions of the country should be accelerated, he said, noting that attracting tourists from European states, China, Turkey and neighboring states are among the objectives on which Iran has based its plan to attract tourists.

Describing 'FITUR' as one of the main exhibitions in the tourism sector in the world, he said this is the very reason that Iran takes part in the event each year.

In all, 10,000 companies from over 165 countries are participating in the event which will continue until November 21, 2018, he said.

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