Tourism industry is power generating engine that can exit Iranian economy from its inflation-recession phase and blow new life in its body to generate wealth and jobs, said vice president and head of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization, IRNA reported.
The head of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization said that under such conditions that the world nations have hosted more than one billion and 187 million tourists and gained 250 billion US dollars from their tourism industry last year, Iran’s share despite its strong attractions in natural, historical, spiritual, cultural and health tourism fields is only about 0.5% of that amount.
The vice president said that although 31,100 sites, cultural, and spiritual buildings have been registered nationally, Iran with more than one million historical buildings, sites, and areas righteously deserves to be titled a country-museum.
“Most of the four and five star hotels in such metropolitan cities as Tehran, Shiraz, and Isfahan are facing and influx in room reservation for the upcoming months and some have filed requests for permits to further expand their service rendering complexes,” he further elaborated.
“Iran ranks 10th in the world in terms of miscellaneous attractions, and in terms of its cultural and historical attractions it is potentially among the top three countries in the world,” added Soltanifar.