Cultural heritage org. creates 200k jobs in a year

TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) – Ali Asghar Mounesan, the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) announced that in the previous Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2019), the state-run body could manage to create 200,000 jobs.

According to him, creating a job in tourism sector costs the government about 500 million rials (about $4,240), while each new ecotourist resort provides eight new job opportunities.

“The number of ecotourist resort has increased from 400 units to 1,700 ones,” he said.

The volume of investments made on 1,900 domestic tourism projects presently stand at 1.8 quadrillion rials (about $15.2 billion), he added.

As reported, Iran's travel and tourism sector grew at 1.9% to contribute 1,158 trillion rials ($8.83 billion) or 6.5% of overall GDP and 1,334 jobs (5.4% of total employment) to the economy in 2018. This is according to the World Travel and Tourism Council’s annual research into the economic impact and social importance of the sector.

The WTTC report also shows international visitors spent 168,954 billion rials ($1.28 billion) in Iran in 2018. The council expects the number of international arrivals to stand at 6.5 million in 2019.

Lately, Iranian authorities have redoubled efforts to boost the tourism sector for increasing foreign currency revenues and creating jobs under the declining economic conditions.

The decline in national currency last year meant that travelling to and shopping in Iran became cheaper for foreign nationals.

Iran is ranked among top 10 tourism hubs in the world.

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