Iran seeks more tourists, but will they come? - The Washington Post

Iran seeks more tourists, but will they come? - The Washington Post...
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KISH, Iran — Iran’s president-elect, the moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani, has promised to support the country’s largely untapped tourism sector, but the arrest of European tourists this spring has cast a shadow over that effort.

Rouhani has been adamant about the importance of tourism to Iran’s economic growth, and since being elected he has set a goal of more than doubling, to 10 million, the number of foreigners who visit Iran each year. Such an increase, over the current level of 4 million tourists, would “create jobs for 4 million people, solving the problem of 3.5 million unemployed people in this country,” Rouhani has said. Economic potential is apparent in Islamic state, but sanctions and cultural limitations present obstacles....

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