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Iran, Georgia to Expand Tourism Ties

Iran, Georgia to Expand Tourism Ties
Iran, Georgia to Expand Tourism Ties

Officials from Iran and Georgia called for expanding tourism collaboration between the two countries.

“Iran hosted 5.1 million foreign travelers in 2014 and aims to attract 20 million visitors by 2025,” head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Masoud Soltanifar, said in a meeting with Gubaz Sanikidze, deputy chairman and head of the Friendship Group of Georgia’s Parliament and other Georgian officials, IRNA reported.

“To that end, we are developing infrastructure, establishing flight routes, easing visas and training qualified personnel,” Soltanifar said.

“Currently, the number of tourists traveling between Iran and Georgia is negligible. To boost tourism, there must be concerted efforts between the two states.”

The official noted that thanks to the nuclear accord signed on July 14 in Vienna, Iran can pursue diplomatic relations with other countries, as cooperation with regional states is of utmost significance.

Pointing to Georgia’s tourism potential and historical attractions, Soltanifar said Iranians are eager to explore Georgia and visit the country’s tourism sites.