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73,000 Tourists Visited Kish Island Last Week

73,000 Tourists Visited Kish Island Last Week73,000 Tourists Visited Kish Island Last Week

Kish Island witnessed an unprecedented number of tourists with 73,000 visiting the Persian Gulf Island last week.

According to the Public Relations and International Affairs Department of Kish Free Zone Organization 73,000 tourists visited the island between February 7th and 13th setting a record for this time of the year, a month ahead of Norowz, (Iranian New Year) high season, starting March 20 to April 2.

The presence of so many tourists appears to be the highest on record for the past 20 years.

Some 100 flights are operating in and out of Kish Island every day, indicating a tourism boost in the Persian Gulf Island.

Earlier this week, Managing Director of Kish Free Zone Organization, Ali Asghar Mounesan, highlighted the expansion of trade and tourism as the two most important priorities of KFZO.

An average 1.8 million tourists have been visiting the picturesque island each year, he said. “Based on a comprehensive plan, we intend to increase the figure to 6.5 million within 10 years”.

Kish is a beautiful resort island located in the Persian Gulf in southern Iran. Due to its free trade zone status it is touted also as a consumer’s paradise, with numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels.

It was ranked among the world’s 10 most beautiful islands by The New York Times in 2010.

It is seen as a haven for tourists as foreigners wishing to enter Kish Free Zone from legal ports are not required to obtain visas prior to travel. Valid travel permits are stamped for 14 days by Kish airport and port officials.