German tourists to visit Iran early October

TEHRAN (ISNA)- A group of German tourists would arrive in Iran soon for a six-day trip.

85 German tourists would travel to Iran early October through western Iranian borders.

They would first arrive in Tabriz City (northwestern Iran) and would then visit Zanjan, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz and Tehran, for their historical sites.

The tourists would be transferred by Iranian Raja trains.

Early in June, an Iranian official said that the country will face a “tsunami” of foreign tourists once a nuclear agreement is concluded and sanctions on the country are lifted.

“Nearly 20 million foreign tourists will probably visit Iran within the next five years,” Head of the Iran Touring and Tourism Investment Company (ITTIC) Mohsen Qarib said.

Iran is among the world’s top 10 countries for archeological and cultural sites but it comes a dismal 132nd and 160th among 180 world countries in terms of tourism industry and revenues.

“No doubt, sanctions have created certain problems in the tourism sector but the few tourists who come to Iran under the current circumstances are completely satisfied with the treatment they receive from Iranians and impressed by Iranian hospitality.

In May, President of World Trade Center Tehran Mohammad Reza Sabzalipour said some of the world’s most prominent hotel managers will visit Iran soon to discuss investment in the country’s tourism and construction of luxury hotels.

Director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar has said the country plans to generate $30 billion of revenues from tourism by 2025.