Iran aims to attract 20mn tourists annually by 2015

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Vice-President and Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar said on Thursday that Iran has plans for attracting 20 million tourists annually by the end of its 20-year Vision Plan (2015).

Speaking to reporters, Soltanifar said that Iran’s tourism offices will be launched soon in 40 countries.

A number of these offices will be launched in 15 neighboring countries, Soltanifar said.

Other Iranian tourism offices will be in the European, Asian and South Asian countries, as well as Canada, Australia and the US which are Iran’s target countries, he added.

Soltanifar said that Iran also intends to ease visa requirements for foreign tourists.

Iranian international airports have been obliged to issue 30-day airport visas for tourists from 190 countries, he said, adding that these visas can be extended for another 15 days, according to the official.

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