Iran to open up for tourism after decades of isolation
After decades of war and internal strife, Iran is about to open up again to the outside world as a tourist attraction.
With olives branches already held out by Tehran to many traditional enemies in the West, the next step could be an Iranian campaign urging people from Europe and America to undertake adventurous holidays there.
The Independent in London reports that with the Obama rapprochement and a reforming new president in the Middle Eastern country, there soon will be an end to sanctions and a reaching out to the west to come visit.
While there has been a constant trickle of adventurous holidaymakers to the country despite the dangers, it is expected that tourism will take off in earnest with the ending of sanctions and the resumption of consular services.
The country of 80 million people can offer the traveller a myriad of different holiday destinations and types thanks to its rich Persian history.
However one likely problem to the tourism industry hitting the ground running is the fact that Iran is still cut off from international financial transactions, meaning that everything must be paid for in cash.
For a country cut off for so long to outside influences, the other problem facing tourists is to find proper hotels.
However Ramin Rabii, group CEO of Turquoise Partners, an investment group, said that virtually every major international hotel brand had made visits to the area and were considering investment because of the vast tourism potential that is now there.