Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
Rasht, Gilan Province - Deputy Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Manouchehr Jahanian said here on Tuesday that Iran hosted 200,000 health tourists last year.
Addressing a ceremony to open Qaem Hospital in the northern city of Rasht on Tuesday, Jahanian said the countryˈs income from health tourism stood at $1.5 billion.
He said the tourists were from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Turkey, India and Pakistan.
He added that last year, more than 4.5 million foreign tourists spent nine billion dollars in Iran creating jobs for 2.5 million people directly or indirectly.
He noted that enjoying diversified climates as well as numerous tourist and historical attractions are among advantages of Iranˈs tourism sector.
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