Some $213m allocated to boost tourism infrastructure nationwide

May 9, 2022 - 18:24

TEHRAN – The Iranian government has allocated a budget of 60 trillion rials ($213 million) to boost tourism infrastructure all over the country, the deputy tourism minister has announced. 

The money will be used to complete, restore, and equip accommodation centers, as well as strengthen tourism infrastructure nationwide, ISNA quoted Ali-Asghar Shalbafian as saying on Monday. 

Last year, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts announced that the national tourism sector was growing before the coronavirus outbreak, its revenues reached $11.7 billion in 2019, which accounted for 2.8% of GDP, nearing the average share of tourism in the world GDP, which was 3.2 percent.

Iran was ranked as the second fastest-growing country in tourism based on data compiled by the World Tourism Organization.

Experts expect Iran to achieve a tourism boom after the 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.

The Islamic Republic expects to reap a bonanza from its numerous tourist spots such as bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, bathhouses, madrasas, mausoleums, churches, towers, and mansions, of which 26 are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Under the 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, Iran aims to increase the number of tourist arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million in 2025.

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