Iran, EU to upgrade tourism cooperation

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Iran and European Union underlined the need for promoting cooperation in the tourism sector.

Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar made the remarks in a meeting with the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elabieta Bieńkowska.

He said that Iran is a museum country favored by the tourists.

Listing other tourism capacities of Iran in religious, natural and health sectors, Soltanifar said that climatic diversity allows the tourists to use ski and mineral warm waters in a single day.

He said that the number of tourists coming to Iran rose up 10 percent and that the figure for European tourists has increased by 30 percent.

Soltanifar said that Iran has so far set up 25 offices in target countries to introduce the country’s tourism attractions to other nations.

The official also said that signing cooperation deal by the EU and ICHHTO will pave the way for mutual cooperation in the tourism sector.

Bieńkowska, for her part, said that Iran is currently turning one of the European tourism destinations, noting that she is currently on a visit to Iran to pursue discussions made during EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini’s visit to Tehran.

‘One of our main economic activities is tourism which generates jobs and earns huge revenues,’ she said.

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