Iran attracts more Western tourists
At least 1,148 million tourists visited Iran during the first three months of the current financial year (20 March-21 June), Abdolreza Mohajerinejad, an official of the Cultural Heritage, Crafts and Tourism Organization Of Iran.
The figure shows a decrease of 9.6 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year, said Mohajerinejad, director of the Cultural Heritage, Crafts and Organization Tourism Development and Planning Bureau Of tourism, the ISNA news agency reported on 23 August.
Autumn is mainly related to the decline in the number of tourists from the northern states and the Persian Gulf, he said.
Nevertheless, the number of tourists from the EU and the US who visit #Iran is increasing added Mohajerinejad.
Without disclosing the exact number of Western tourists who visited Iran during the period, Mohajerin stated that during the 15-month period from March 2016 to June 2017, their number increased by 56.6% the previous year.
More than 4,911 million tourists visited Iran during the last fiscal year (ended March 20, 2017), indicating a decline of 2.5 percent year-on-year, he said.
According to Mohajerinejad, the number of tourists from the northern states and Iraq decreased by 9.9 percent in one year.
Meanwhile, Iranian officials earlier announced that the number of tourist flows over the past year had increased by 33% to reach six million visitors.
Iran’s annual tourism income, over the past year, increased by 11 percent to 8.3 billion.