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Official Weighs In to Vindicate Tourism Sector

The parliament’s tourism faction has announced that outbound tourists take $30 billion out of the country each year while ICHHTO argues that the amount is much lower
At most four million Iranians travel abroad for leisure and spend $1,000 per person on average. At most four million Iranians travel abroad for leisure and spend $1,000 per person on average.

A high-ranking tourism official has voiced suspicion about the recent statistics on the amount of capital outflow through tourists' spending overseas. 
Mehrdad Baouj Lahouti, a member of the tourism faction at the parliament, had recently claimed that Iranian outbound travelers take as much as $30 billion out of the country each year while the inflow of currency by foreign tourists reaches only $1 billion annually. 
Mohammad Moheb-Khodaei, tourism deputy at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, has argued that the figures are not well-founded since ICHHTO's calculations produce other results. 
"Not all of the nine million outbound travelers are leisure tourists, so one cannot overestimate the amount of capital exiting the country through this group," he told ISNA. 

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