Tehran and Beijing should take decisive steps towards promotion of bilateral cooperation in the tourism area, Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization Ali-Asghar Mounesan said.
Locals have protested in the popular resorts of the Spanish city of Barcelona against an unchecked boom in the tourism industry, which they say is making life for the residents increasingly unbearable.
Visa-free travel for tour groups, established by Iran and Russia, will lead to a growth of tourist inflow, Iranian Consul General Ali Mohammadi told TASS. According to him, in 2017, more than 150,000 Iranians may visit Russia.
International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by six percent in January-April of 2017 compared to the figure for the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain high.
More than 85,000 foreign tourists visited Isfahan Province between March 21 and April 20, breaking a 40-year record. That is more than a third of the total number of inbound tourists in Isfahan (280,000) in March 2013-17.
The city of Maku, with significant natural and historical attractions, has suitable potentials to draw a large number of tourists to the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, said the first deputy Parliament speaker.
Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Masoud Soltanifar said on Saturday that growth rate of foreign tourists coming to the country has been twice the world's average over the past two years.