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Italians to Help Kish Tourism

Italians to Help Kish TourismItalians to Help Kish Tourism

An Italian company has apparently agreed to help expand tourism infrastructure on Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, according to Mohsen Jalalpour, head of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines.

Based on a deal signed between the Kish-based Mica Mall Company and an Italian firm during President Hassan Rouhani’s recent visit to Rome, the Italians have agreed to build an aquarium with the capacity to hold 1.5 million liters of water, making it the largest of its kind in the Mideast, a statement on the official ICCIM website read.

The name of the Italian company was not revealed.

A modern 3-kilometer-long cable car and a standard ice hockey rink are among other projects the company has agreed to build.  The projects will be completed within two years, Jalalpour said.

The island’s economy is heavily reliant on tourism. It is one Iran’s most popular destinations that draws domestic and foreign tourists in large numbers every year, but underdeveloped and aging infrastructure has prevented the island from realizing its full tourism potential.