Iran eyes tourism boost as sanctions eased

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Iranian officials are preparing for a “tsunami” of foreign tourists as the country begins implementing a landmark nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other world powers.

Iranian Vice President Masoud Soltanifar said Iran will inject new investment into the country’s rich historical and cultural sites, which have suffered a sharp decline in tourism during years of Western sanctions.

U.S. President Barack Obama signed the nuclear deal Sunday, officially putting into place an agreement that will lift Western sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.

Soltanifar said the easing of visa rules in Iran and President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate policies should usher in a rise in foreign tourism.

Iran aims roughly to quadruple the size of its tourism sector within the next decade, Soltanifar said.

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