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Iran » Iran
Publish Date: 17:22 - 27 February 2015
Tehran, YJC. The Islamic Republic is attempting to turn into an international hub for Halal tourism.

An Iranian official says doing so is likely to attract as many as 15 million Muslims a year from around the world.

Massoud Soltanifar, Vice President and head of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran says Iran is experiencing a steady rise in the numbers of tourists visiting the country.

Five million tourists visited Iran last year, half of them traveling to Mashhad and Qom to visit Shia shrines, he stated.

The official maintained the government has a special plan to expand Halal tourism. "With this measure, Iran will attract 10-15 million foreign tourists every year.”

Halal tourism is geared at Muslim families, with non-alcoholic policies and separate facilities for women and men being on the itinerary.

According to international tourism reviews, there is a high potential for Halal tourism boom in the Middle East.

Soltanifar says Iran is also working to absorb 20 million foreign tourists annually in the next 11 years.

"Thanks to the new government’s approach and interaction with the world, we are seeing a rise in foreign tourists from European and Islamic countries.”

The official says some destinations are among the government’s priorities for development, including Qom where there is insufficient tourism infrastructure.

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