Russia’s first tourism information office in Tehran set up

February 17, 2016

TEHRAN – Russia established its first tourism information office in Tehran on Tuesday concurrent with the 9th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition.

A delegation from Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism headed by the agency’s director Oleg Safonov attend the event and hold some business-to-business meetings with Iranian tour guides and experts during the exhibition.

“According to previous agreements, Iran and Russia plan to hold some mutual workshops on tourism education, marketing and investment in the near future,” the deputy director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicraft Organization, Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed, said during his meeting with Safonov.

He also stressed on easing of visa procedure for citizens of the two countries.

“The ministry of foreign affairs is working on this issue and we hope that the case would be Russia’s concern as well,” Rahmani-Movahhed added.

During the meeting, Safonov called holding of Tehran exhibition as a great event and ‘a good opportunity to introduce Russia to other countries’.

“Establishment of Russian tourism information office would have a great role in introducing Russia to Iranians who want to travel the country,” he said.

Safonov said that Russia is also working on easing visa procedure as well.

“Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism is ready to cooperate with Iran’s private sector in tourism,” he said.

Exhibitors from Iran and 16 other countries are participating in the 9th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition, which opened on February 16 and will run until February 19 at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground.

****** PHOTO: According to Sputnik, nearly 34,000 Iranian tourists visited Russia in the first nine months of 2015