0830 GMT January 23, 2020
Ali-Asghar Mounesan made the statement on the sidelines of a visit to the historical site of Sa’ad al-Saltaneh of Qazvin Province.
Pointing to the socio-economic function of tourism, the official added, “The speed of creating jobs in tourism is twice that of other sectors and, thankfully, the organization has been successful in this field.”
The cultural official added that last year, 203,000 jobs were created in all three sectors of tourism, handicrafts and cultural heritage of the country, and small businesses were formed, IRNA wrote.
Mounesan said that over 2,000 investment projects are underway in the country, adding that 374 hotels are currently under construction, 180 of which are four to five stars.
“Last year, we had $281 million worth of handicraft exports, including $300 million worth of luggage exports, totaling almost $600 million worth of exports from the country," he added.
Iran is among the rich countries in cultural and ecotourism sites and historical monuments.