Foreign arrivals in Iran’s Chabahar sharply rise

February 7, 2019

TEHRAN – Chabahar, in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, hosted 3,200 foreigner nationals during the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2018).

The number shows a significant growth of 147 percent compared with the same period last year, according to Chabahar Free Trade Zone official website, Eghtesad Online reported on Tuesday.

Having a number of natural and historical attractions, Chabahar could be named as one of the most underrated destinations in Iran. However, in recent years various measures have been taken to promote Iran's sole oceanic port as a safe and hospitable choice for both domestic and foreign visitors.

The High Council of Free Trade Zones has recently announced that it is ready to start construction of a new airport inside the free trade zone. Currently, air travelers to Chabahar need to use airport of Konarak city, near Chabahar.

“The construction of the new airport will considerably help the economic growth of the Chabahar Free Trade Zone.”

The council is also about to start building a new passenger terminal at the Konarak International Airport, mainly to enhance the current conditions for visitors, the report added.

“The construction of the new terminal will start in the next Iranian calendar year (starting March 21).”

Currently, there are 22 tourist resorts in Chabahar, including four hotels and eco-lodges.

AFM/MG

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