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SA, Iran grow tourism relations

South Africa and Iran have held bilateral discussions on growing tourism relations between the two countries.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom recently met with his counterpart Vice President Dr Zahra Ahmadipour, Head of the Iranian Cultural, Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation in Iran.

Minister Hanekom also engaged members of the tourism trade to discuss ways of increasing tourist arrivals from Iran to South Africa.

“We have a good base to work from and grow tourism between our countries. We have been very warmly received in Iran, and the government and tourism trade has responded very positively to our effort to promote further tourism ties.

Iran is amongst South Africa’s top three source markets for inbound tourists from the Middle East. More than 4 000 Iranian tourists visited South Africa between January and November 2016.

South Africa and Iran already have a strategic partnership that will benefit the people of both countries.

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