Tourist Arrivals in Iran Increase 24% to Over 5.8 Million


The number of tourists has increased by 24% to over 5.8 million. According to the data on cultural heritage, handicrafts, and tourism, in the first seven months of this fiscal year (March 21 to October 22), 5,890,952 visitors visited Iran, an increase of 24% compared to the same period last year.

Previous statistics show that in the first half of the fiscal year (March 21 to September 22), the number of tourists in the country increased by 26.34%. In addition, in the seventh fiscal month (September 23 to October 22), 890,952 visitors visited Iran, an increase of 12.5% ​​compared with the same period last year.

According to the latest statistics, according to Persian economic daily Donya-e-Eqtesad, about 6 million Iranians traveled in the country for the seven months ended Oct 22, a year-on-year increase of 23%. Although the growing tension between Washington and Tehran affects the number of tourists, especially those from Europe, the increase in the number of foreigners visiting for religious and medical purposes compensates for this loss.

According to Ebrahim Pourfaraj of the Iranian Tourism Association, this fragile river helps attract tourists to Iran. In an interview with DW, he said: “They come on pilgrimages or for medical treatment. To some extent that makes up for the losses”.

Iran ranked first in price competitiveness in the 2019 Tourism Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum, with a score of 6.7.

Although the growing tension between Washington and Tehran affects the number of tourists, especially those from Europe, the increase in the number of foreigners visiting for religious and medical purposes compensates for the loss.

The report attributed taxes to airline tickets and charges (seventh), fuel prices (fifth) and Iranian purchasing power (fifth), the lowest. Teymouri told the International News Agency: “In The same period, 4,258,944 Iranians traveled abroad with an annual growth rate of 15.95%.”

Last year, the purchase of the rail against foreign currency had a double impact: on the one hand, this led to a decline in the purchasing power of Iranians abroad, but it also promoted the development of domestic tourism, such as travel to Iran. Become cheaper for tourists, foreigners

Last year, the rial depreciated by two-thirds against the US dollar. In recent weeks, the national currency has lost a portion of it by estimating foreign currency.

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Iran received 7.29 million foreign tourists in 2018, an increase of about 50% over the previous year. Last year, the country received 2.1% of visitors, while South Asia had over 22%. In 2017, 4.86 million foreign tourists visited Iran, down 1.5% from the previous year.

The World Travel and Tourism Council pointed out in an earlier report that Iraq was the main source of travel to Iran last year, with Iraqis accounting for 24% of the total number of inbound tourists. Other important sources include Azerbaijan (17%), Turkey (8%), Pakistan (4%) and Bahrain (2%). The remaining 46% comes from the rest of the world.

In terms of tourism expenditure, the 2018 figures are not available in the UNWTO report. But he said that foreign tourists spent more than $4.4 billion in Iran in 2017. The Iranian authorities have stepped up their efforts to promote tourism to increase foreign exchange earnings and create jobs.

In the past Iranian year (as of March 20, 2019), about 7.8 million tourists traveled to Iran, an increase of 52.5% over the previous year. “The development of tourism infrastructure, the massive investment in tourism, the issuance of e-visa and visa-free access to target countries are considered being the main reason for the increase in the number of foreign tourists,” Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Ali Asghar Mounesan said.

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