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Envoy: Iran Welcomes Foreign Investment in Tourism Sector

Culture - Iranian Vice-President and Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Massoud Soltanifar voiced Tehran's readiness for foreign investment in its tourism sector.

"Foreign investors can invest in Iran as a top tourism destination," Soltanifar said, addressing 49th ITB Berlin Tourism Fair on Thursday.

He reiterated that Iran welcomes investment in its tourism sector, and said, "Iran is planning to attract 20 million tourists by 2023."

In October, Soltanifar announced that the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran considerably increased last year.

"Iran earned $6 billion revenues from tourism industry in the past Iranian calendar year (ended on March 20)," Soltanifar said.

Stressing the necessity for making efforts to increase the figure by 25 percent in current Iranian year, he said that the number of tourists visiting Iran and those investing in this industry increased significantly in the past year.

Soltanifar also said that implementation of 900 tourism projects are currently underway in different parts of the country.

"President Rouhani's general policy is to have widespread contacts with the rest of the world. This is part of the government agenda and one of the most important instruments to promote people-to-people contacts is tourism," he added.

He noted that Germans can only have a real understanding of Iran and the Iranians once they actually visit Iran, and said, "Therefore, we invite all Germans to visit Islamic Iran so that they will have sufficient understanding of our country and its people."

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