Some $1.9m paid to support tourism businesses in Kerman

December 28, 2020 - 18:0

TEHRAN –The Iranian government has paid 80 billion rials (about $1.9 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) in loans to the tourism businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the southeastern Kerman province. 

Although the province’s tourism sector has asked for 240 billion rials ($5.7 million), so far only one-third of this amount has been provided, provincial tourism chief Fereydoun Fa’ali announced on Sunday. 

In late October, deputy tourism chief Vali Teymouri said that a new support package to pay loans to businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic was approved by Iran’s National Headquarters for Coronavirus Control.

He also announced that depending on the type and activity of the businesses, they could benefit from at least 160 million rials (some $3,800) to nine billion rials (some $214,000) of bank loans with a 12-percent interest rate.

The loans would be allocated to tourist guides, travel agencies, tourism transport companies, tourism educational institutions, eco-lodges and traditional accommodations, hotels, apartment hotels, motels, and guesthouses as well as traditional accommodation centers, tourism complexes, and recreational centers, the official explained.

In September, Teymouri said that around 1.3 million tourism workers in the country were facing problems due to the coronavirus crisis.

The government has allocated a 750-trillion-rial (about $18 billion) package to help low-income households and small- and medium-sized enterprises suffered by the coronavirus concerns.

Optimistic forecasts, however, expect Iran to achieve a tourism boom after coronavirus is contained, believing its impact would be temporary and short-lived for a country that ranked the third fastest-growing tourism destination in 2019.

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