Iran’s tourism to grow by over six percent in 2015
A Chinese tourist from Hong Kong looks at the columns of the ancient Persian city of Persepolis near Shiraz in southern Iran. (AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in a recent report has put the value of Iran’s tourism industry for 2014 at about $7.8 billion.
The WTTC in its report titled “Travel & Tourism: ECONOMIC IMPACT 2015 IRAN” has added that it expects Iran’s tourism industry to grow by 6.6 percent in 2015.
The report has further said that in 2014 travel and tourism in Iran directly supported 413,000 jobs which is equal to 1.8 percent of the country’s overall employment.
This, it added, is expected to rise by 4.4 percent in 2015 and rise by 4.3 percent to 656,000 jobs (2.2 percent of total employment) in 2025.
The report has also put the value of Iran’s investments in its tourism industry in 2014 at $2.8 billion equal to around 3 percent of the total investment made in the country throughout the year.
The figure, it said, will see an increase of 4.3 percent in 2015 and will reach $2.9 billion in 2015.
The WTTC report further put the world ranking of Iran’s tourism industry (out of 184 countries) at the 41st place in terms of size and at the 137th place in terms of contribution to GDP in 2014. It also said Iran could stand at the 21st place in the global ranking of tourism for 2015.
A report by the World Economic Forum in May said Iran is the best destination for foreign tourists in terms of low costs and proper tourism services, thus identifying the country as the most attractive tourist destination among 141 countries.
Also, many are already speculating that once Iran and the P5+1 group of countries manage to reach a final deal over the Iranian nuclear energy program, a tsunami of tourists will start to flow to the country.
Iran and the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany — are in final stages of talks over a much-awaited nuclear deal that envisages the removal of certain sanctions against Iran in return for the country’s steps to restrict its nuclear energy activities.
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