Ali-Asghar Mounesan made the remarks addressing a ceremony in Bandar Abbas in the southern province of Hormuzgan, IRNA reported.
It is also expected that the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran until the end of the Iranian year will reach 10 million, he said.
He said that Iranians’ kindness and hospitality, as well as their cultural background, have thwarted the enemy’s propaganda against Iran, explaining that foreign tourists visiting Iran will return home with a positive outlook.
“This demonstrates the capacity of the tourism industry to thwart the efforts of the streamers against the country,” Iran’s chief tourism official noted.
Mounesan added that Iran’s tourism shows considerable potential in various sectors and areas such as the Persian Gulf coast, the Great Salt Desert, nature and geography of the north and west of the country, as well as the rituals and customs of the people.
Previously, the head of the Department of Passports and Visas of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mojtaba Karimi, had said that since the beginning of the current Iranian year (March 21, 2019), 6.7 million foreign tourists have entered the country, with visas issued for them.
He said that negotiations are underway with other countries to lift the visa barriers.
The facilitation of the issuance of visas led to the rise in the number of foreign tourist arrivals to the country (from three million in 2014 to 7.73 million by the end of 2018).