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Kish Island's Tourism on the Rise

By  Maryam Tabeshian


Tehran, 6 December 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- Statistics show an increase of 23 percent in the number of tourist arrivals to the Persian Gulf Island of Kish in the first eight months of the Iranian (solar) year – that is between mid-March and December 2006, compared to the similar period last year. This number is anticipated to rise even more considering that Kish Island will be hosting a series of festivals and exhibitions in the upcoming months.


photo by Syma Sayyah


According to Ali Gharibzadeh, deputy director of Kish Free Zone Organization in tourism affairs, the cooling of the weather in the past few months in Kish Island together with the numerous exhibitions which were recently held in this Persian Gulf Island drew in large numbers of tourists to the region such that almost all the hotels were fully booked.


Kish - photo by NASA


“Facilities granted to travel agencies as well as reorganization of the accommodation centers, restaurants, and tourist attraction sites of Kish Island can be taken as other factors responsible for the increase in the number of tourist arrivals to Kish Island,” added Gharibzadeh.


Located 19 kilometers off mainland Iran, Kish Island has a unique position in the strategic Persian Gulf region among tens of other large and small islands. It is considered a major commercial center linking Iran to the southern countries of the Persian Gulf. Having a number of beautiful tourist attraction centers and historic sites, Kish Island has become known as the “Pearl of the Persian Gulf” since the ancient times.


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