UK tourists flocking to Iran
Recent research has indicated the huge increase in the amount of UK tourists heading to Iran, a country which many may consider an unlikely holiday destination.
It’s believed that UK travel agencies have recorded an increase of over 400 per cent in the amount of Brits booking holidays to the country, with the main reason behind the rise thought to be the election of Hasan Rouhani as president in 2013.
Mr Rouhani has been praised for cleaning up the country’s image, looking to develop better relations with the western world and changing the image of Iran as an attractive destination for those seeking culture on their travels. Those who have been booking holidays to the country are likely to have taken out appropriate single trip travel insurance cover at the same time, ensuring complete peace of mind during their travels.
Government hoping for tourism revenue rise
It’s thought that while only a few dozen trips were arranged during 2013, the level during 2014 has shot up to around 150. With the country recently loosening its tight rules on immigration, the government is hoping to increase the level of tourism revenue from $2bn to £10bn.
One problem that continues to prove difficult for UK travellers is that there are no direct flights from the UK to Iran, with those who wish to reach there having to change at either Istanbul or Dubai. Travellers must also conform to strict clothing laws, with women in particular required to wear loose fitting clothes which disguise their bodyshape and a headscarf. While men are allowed to wear western clothes, they are forbidden to wear shorts.
With the popularity of Iran as a holiday destination likely to rise further in the coming years, it’s likely that there will also be a surge in the amount of tourists requiring medical travel insurance protection for their visit.
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