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Tourists Unfazed by Tehran Terror Attacks

Tourists Unfazed by Tehran Terror AttacksTourists Unfazed by Tehran Terror Attacks

Terror attacks that rocked Tehran on Wednesday have had no impact on foreign tourists, the secretary of Iranian Tour Operators' Association said.

Speaking to Mehr News Agency, Seyyed Hadi Shirazi added, "Tourists that have arrived since the attacks have enjoyed their sta, and we have received no reports of canceled tours."

He said terrorists have targeted countries such as the UK and France, "neither of which witnessed a visible drop in inbound tourism in the aftermath".

Shirazi said "a lot of tourists to Iran" come from countries that have suffered from terrorism, "so they've seen much worse attacks and know very well that these incidents are rare in Iran".

Tehran was hit on June 7 with two coordinated terrorist attacks targeting the parliament and the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini in the south of the city that left 12 people dead and 42 wounded. The number of casualties reached 17 on June 8. Six of the seven attackers were killed: four during the parliament shootings and two others at the mausoleum.

Violence and insecurity, especially involving terrorist incidents, are major threats to tourism and travelers are often warned against visiting destinations experiencing such issues. Tourism experts say because the attacks in Tehran did not target a hotel, airport or holiday resorts—unlike in most other countries—there is no reason for tourists to worry.


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