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Swiss Ambassador: Living in Iran is a Great Experience

Markus Leitner, the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, visited Tehran international Tourism and handicrafts exhibition. “Iranians are so hospitable, this is the very first thing I heard from the Swiss tourists who are impressed by these characteristics.” Said Leitner.

Below is the interview of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism & Handicrafts (CTHN) with Swiss ambassador:

Can the Interaction of Iran with countries like Swiss upgrade Iran’s tourism place in the world?

In general, I think tourism is a perfect way to make connections between countries because these are people who travel and gain experience directly about the destination, by doing that, they can see for themselves what they heard from news and also gain new perspective, so it will be very good to expand relations and cooperation for tourism industry.

Do propagandas affect Iran’s tourism industry?

I don’t like this word too much. Tourism is a good way that people look at themselves. People do not trust media all the time, so tourism is an appropriate way to see for themselves, to check the pictures they’ve seen, the news that they’ve heard. There is a good thing about tourism.

What is the Swiss point of view about Iran?

I think They know Iran quite well, they know the history, they know the importance of the regional power that Iran has. We always have good relations with Iran, so from this point of view, we can celebrate the 100 years of diplomatic presence in Iran.

The Swiss always notice, obviously when they see, they discover more, they are curious and love to travel and Iran offers a lot of different aspects which are interesting for them. They start with the heritage sides and then discover more, so there are more places to be seen and many forms of tourism like nature tourism which are not very well developed and there still are potentials.

Tourists start with the cultural and heritage side which are very well preserved, and more than that is the people that The Swiss are mostly impressed by the contact with the Iranians. They think Iranians are so hospitable, this is the very first thing I heard from The Swiss tourists who are impressed by these characteristics.

how do you see Iran’s tourism industry according to sanctions and political issues?

If you want to travel to Iran, it’s not the question of sanction or not. Honestly, people think about their safety and security, these are the issues to them, not the sanctions.

Do you think exhibitions like this, can be a useful step to expand tourism globally?

Certainly, it’s a proper way to promote your tourism industry to those who want to travel to Iran. It also is useful from two aspects, one is to be seen among the professional who is here to exchange what is the trends and the future of tourism and the second one is for the travelers who are curious to see what is available for them.

I think tourism is such a great industry which involves so many aspects, tourism is much more than selling one product, it’s a whole experience that travelers have from staying in one place, services they received. The impact of tourism on the economy is massive, usually more than what statistics show. I think for the economy of Iran such exhibitions like this are very good.

Have you ever visited any of Iran’s historical places?

we have been traveling a lot and it will be continued, we didn’t see many places but we have seen quite a lot, we started with the places that all international tourists visit, like Shiraz, Esfahan, Persepolis. We love to visit different places.

What is your point of view about Iran’s handicrafts?

They are beautiful, when we go back we always take home handicrafts as souvenirs or gifts.

My family live here or come to visit us and we think it’s a great experience to live in Iran.



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Iran: Third fastest growing tourism destination in 2019

Iran was ranked the third fastest-growing tourism destination in the globe in 2019, with 27.9 percent growth year on year, according to the latest statistics released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Top of the pack was Myanmar, which saw a 40.2 percent increase in visitors, followed by Puerto Rico (31.2 percent) and Iran (27.9 percent), The Independent reported on Monday.

Overseas travel hit 1.5 billion in 2019, up to four percent from 2018, the report added.

Iran was named the world’s second-fastest-growing tourist destination in 2018, with 49.9 percent growth in arrivals year on year, surpassing rivals such as Egypt, Nepal, Georgia, and South Korea, according to the last year’s UNWTO report.

Iran’s tourism minister in January issued a statement, inviting all travelers and holidaymakers to visit the ancient land, saying that the country-size guesthouse is wholeheartedly ready to receive tourists from around the world.

Ali-Asghar Mounesan emphasized that the Iranian government is trying its best to host incoming tourists by improving tourism infrastructure, offering attractive and pocket-friendly packages, as well as incentives such as visa waivers or 90-day Iran visas on arrival.

Referring to the advantages of visiting the country, the minister explained, “With a deep and practical faith in this attitude, the Iranian government is trying its best to pave the way for incoming tourists and this is why there is a significant growth in tourism infrastructure in our country.”

In this regard, some incentives such as visa waiver, 90-day visa on arrival, standard residence services, attractive tourism routes and packages, and cheapest and most secure tours to Iran along with the last international tourism standards have enabled us to experience a 53% growth in our inbound tourism, winning the first place in the world in this regard. In addition, when it comes to the prices, Iran has the most competitive prices for tourism in the world and has emerged as a new phenomenon in the world of tourism, attracting the attention of many countries.”

“Even if we disregard all that has been said, the unique tourist attractions of Iran are a good reason to have a journey to the land of history, civilization, and nature. With 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 34,000 nationally registered heritage sites and 600 active museums, Iran has a huge capacity to receive international tourists. In addition, high security, cheap tours, premium travel facilities, hospitable people, numerous historic and natural treasures, unique ecotourism facilities, diverse tourism packages (Iran historic-cultural tourism, Iran sport tourism, Iran trekking tours,marine tourism, food tourism, medical tourism, etc.), interesting rituals, and diverse handicrafts and traditional arts provide enough reasons to visit Iran.”

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Pointing to unique and unparalleled beauties of Iran, Mounesan said, “The rich history and civilization of this land, the numerous and spectacular Iran tourist attractions, four-season weather, and high cultural and ethnic diversity have made an invaluable treasure of Iran and put this country in the top 10 tourist destinations in terms of tourism, cultural and natural attractions.

Astonishing mountains, breathtaking glaciers, beautiful volcanos, pristine forests, green foothills, delightful lakes, springs and waterfalls, picturesque beaches and wonderful islands, historical sites and distinct architecture, globally registered cities and villages, diverse and colorful handicrafts, delicious traditional cuisine and organic, healing drinks, etc. are only a small part of the beauties you can visit while staying in Iran.”

Some 6.7 million foreign nationals visited the country since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2019), the Foreign Ministry’s visa and passport department announced on December 4. Iran welcomed some 7.8 million foreign nationals last year, an increase of 52.5 percent year on year. Cheetah-Adventures provides full services on Iran Visa Application.

The country plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million by 2025 thanks to its numerous tourist spots, including 22 ones that have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


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Iran 2nd among world’s fastest growing tourist destinations in 2018

TEHRAN – Iran has been introduced by United Nations World Tourism Organization as the world’s second fastest growing tourist destination in 2018, with 49.9 percent growth in arrivals year on year.

Surpassing rivals such as Egypt, Nepal, Georgia and South Korea, Iran was ranked the second after Ecuador, according to the UNWTO annual report which details the countries where tourism has grown the most, and where it has fallen the furthest. Read more