Immigration Police figures show that the Director of Tourism Monitoring and Evaluation, announcing that the arrival of foreign tourists grew by 45% in the first half of this year, reported a travel of three million and 140 thousand and three people to Iran from January to August 2009.
The population of inbound passengers during the same period last year was two million and 159 thousand and 882 people, which, in comparison with the same period of 1995, which had traveled to Iran two million and 183 thousand 422 people, had a negative 1% growth.
According to him, Iraqis have one million and 263 thousand people in the table of tourists entering Iran in these five months, with 619 thousand and 570 people in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan with about 400 thousand people, and Turkey with 330 thousand in the next places, respectively. And they have grown most in this period.
Expressing that the European trips to Iran decreased by an average of 22 percent during this period, he added,
The largest decline has been experienced in the German market. Nearly 31,000 Germans traveled to Iran in the first five months of the year, compared with 32% in the past year, reaching 21,000.
This year, the number of French tourists was 16,000, while last year 21 thousand people from France traveled to Iran. From April to August 2006, 11,000 Iranian nationals came to Iran, reaching 11,000 this year. The Dutch tourist population also fell by 25% from 12,000 to 9,000.
He compared the total number of tourists and passengers entering Iran over the years, and added:
In 1996, the population of tourists was 5,113,524, which was 4.23% positive in comparison with the year 95 with 4.901 million passengers and 84 passengers.
In response to criticisms that hit incoming tourists this year and 45 percent growth in a situation that experienced negative growth in recent years, and this year has seen a significant increase, he said, “The statistics show the widespread change in the passenger population of neighboring countries. For example, the number of Iraqi travels to Iran in the first five months of this year was influenced by the exchange rate fluctuations of the whole of the year 96. Last year, a million and 356 thousand and 185 Iraqis traveled to Iran, whose growth was negative by 1.3 per cent compared to 95 per million and 398 thousand and 201 passengers. The
This negative growth has also been experienced in the Azerbaijani market last year, while the process of entering the country’s citizens into Iran this year is accompanied by positive growth. In the year 95, about 981,200 people came from Azerbaijan, which grew by 2.9 percent to 959 thousand and 653 in 96 years.
According to him, the fall in the number of travelers from countries like Iraq was due to intermediaries and brokers, which led to dissatisfaction with the Azerbaijani and Iraqi citizens.
In the face of the US-wide negative propaganda campaign against Iran, which has negatively affected the travel of European tourists and even some of the countries, it should be replaced by other countries that have potential capacity, including neighbors.
He estimated the total number of tourists traveling to Iran from the European Union in 1996 to be 257,199 people, a bit more in 1995, with 289,148 people.
The revenues of tourists from neighboring countries, due to the growth in these five months, offset the decline in European tourists’ figures, as statistics show that the number of European tourists has not reached 300,000 in the past years, while the population of tourists from neighboring countries has more than two three million People have been
According to the World Tourism Organization, the average cost per tourist in Southwest Asia, the region in which Iran is located, is $ 1,340, among some tourists, such as the Germans, more expensive than others; some, like the French, are very economical, or even contrary to the perceptions and Worldwide, Iraqi travelers in Iran have become more or less indifferent to the Chinese. These are issues that should be considered in planning.
He also responded to the criticisms that this period has given to the Iraqi way of traveling in Iran, saying:
Iraqis are accustomed to traveling through their families because of the lives of their tribes, they usually stay in a region for a long time. Therefore, they rent a hotel or homes for a long time, but the most important thing about Iraqi tourists is that they will not travel to Iran for pilgrimage alone, and in addition to Isfahan and Shiraz, they will go to less well-known places like Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari. Even their cost is higher than in China and other tourists in Iran. Most Iraqis travel to Iran with a curative motivation and will necessarily spend a period of recovery so they spend more.
Iraqis who come from the borders of Mehran and Shalamcheh to Iran’s free zones and buy their supplies will eventually benefit. A tourism economy is a chain when economic prosperity forms in a region, and a large population and business benefit from it. Anyway, the Iraqis who make a short trip to Iran to buy the goods will spend money on those goods that the Mufti does not leave Iran. If we have concerns about the withdrawal of essential goods or those products that have received government currencies, it is better to correct the rules. It is possible to take measures to leave these goods from the Iranian border so that there is no problem for the native peoples.
He is one of the programs and policies of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization to increase the number of round tours