Iran’s tourism chief has estimated that domestic trips would grow by 20 percent over the New Year holidays (Nowruz, staring March 21) from a year earlier.
Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism (CHHTO) Organization Director Ali-Asghar Mounesan said that over seven million foreign nationals visited the country during the first eleven months of the current Iranian calendar year, which he deems as a remarkable rise from the same period last year.
The country is also a destination for health and medical tourists from Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, the US, European countries and the Persian Gulf littoral states. According to official statistics, the country hosted some 400,000 medical tourists during the past Iranian year 1396 (ended March 20).
He went on to explain that there will be a 20 percent increase in the number of domestic travels during the Nowruz holidays.
Iranians make hundreds of thousands of domestic trips during the New Year holidays, when most businesses and workplaces are closed, as are schools.
More than 17 million hit the roads, boarded trains, planes and vessels, toured the country from March 15, 2018, one week before the official New Year (Nowruz) holidays, which ended on April 2, 2018, based on data compiled by CHHTO.
Under the 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, Iran is expecting to increase its foreign arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million.