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Long Weekend in Limbo

The idea of a two-day weekend has been proposed to help distribute travel throughout the year to avoid mass tourism in periods of longer vacation
Fridays and public holidays added together are fewer than the total days off in case of a two-day weekend Fridays and public holidays added together are fewer than the total days off in case of a two-day weekend
A three-day weekend has become a trend as a strategy to increase productivity and save energy costs

While experts and officials are at odds over the scheme to extend the weekend to two days, Iran Chamber of Commerce is hoping to have the parliament decide its fate by the end of the current Iranian year in March 2019. 
According to Ali Asghar Zarifkar, a member of ICC's Tourism Commission, the chamber has been holding talks with governors and lawmakers constantly over the past months to convince them of the plan's multiple benefits. 
"The two-day weekend will not only increase society's vitality, but also directly contribute to the development of tourism and consequently the creation of stable jobs and promotion of economic growth," he said. 
Iran is among the few countries to have set only one official holiday as the weekend on Friday, though many schools, universities and offices are either off on Thursday or operate on a half-day basis. 
 

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