0818 GMT January 22, 2019
Ali Asghar Mounesan, vice president and head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), reassured hotel owners and those involved in the tourism industry that the government will provide protectionist measures to support the industry in the face of unilateral US sanctions on Iran, Mehr News Agency reported.
To counter US sanctions and ease the tourists' concerns, the passports of foreign tourists visiting Iran will not be stamped according to a bill which has been drafted and approved by the head of the ICHHTO, Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, the Iranian police, and Foreign Ministry but not yet tabled at the Cabinet, according to Mounesan who was speaking at Hotel Espinas in Tehran.
“With no entry and exit stamps on the passports of visiting tourists, we are after removing tourists' concerns about visiting Iran because of US sanctions,” he added.
The proposal has been approved by the Iranian police and Foreign Ministry and it will be put into practice after it has been approved by the Cabinet.
“While the statistics provided by immigration police of Iran show that the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran has increased by 38 percent in the first four months from March 21, the number of European visitors show a slight decline which has affected the functionality of our four- and five-star hotels," Mounesan said, reassuring that this temporary period will pass as Iran will take the necessary measures.
He further reassured hotel owners that the government is drawing up protective packages to support them.