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Tourism Offers High Potential to Help Weather Currency Crisis

Tourism Offers High Potential to Help Weather Currency CrisisTourism Offers High Potential to Help Weather Currency Crisis

A top tourism official highlighted the untapped potential of the tourism sector to attract foreign currency inflows at a time the government is grappling with a currency crisis. 
"Over five million visitors brought $10.54 billion into the country in the last Iranian year [ended on March 20]," director of the tourism department at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Mohammad Moheb-Khodaei, said.
"Given the current situation of the country and the fact that there were only five million inbound tourists, that is a considerable sum that reminds the authorities of the importance of the tourism industry and demands their real attention, not just words." 
Speaking in an interview with ILNA on Tuesday, Moheb-Khodaei noted that each incoming tourist earns the country $680 directly and $1340 indirectly, on average.
 

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