Austria wants to finance Iran’s mountain tourism

Tehran, February 13, IRNA - Austrian Embassy in Iran declared willingness to finance Iran's mountain tourism. According to the Austrian Business Delegate in Tehran, Vienna is ready to invest in the tourist services and services sector in Iran's mountainous regions. "Austria is world-renowned in the tourism industry, and Iran is attractive to tourists in terms of its ancient culture and history," said Dr. Christoph Grabmayr, the Austrian economic delegate in Teheran, on Monday at an exclusive meeting of Iranian and Austrian mountain tourism investment companies. He hopes that by 2025 about 20 million foreign tourists will visit Iran. "Because of Iran's great potential for mountain tourism and the ability of Austrian companies in this area, we are ready to use all our resources through financing," he emphasized. Grabmayr hoped that Iran could attract 20 million foreign tourists in the next seven years.

Saaed Ohadi, the investment and planning deputy and head of the Iranian Organization for Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, pointed out at this meeting the credit line between Austria and Iran, which includes: Grant loans for tourism projects as well as leisure and sports projects. He added that Iran is interested in Austrian companies in investing in the three major ski resorts in Tehran, Dizin, Shemshak and Namak-Abrud. A head in Iran's tourism sector, Mohammad Reza Pouyande, said Iran has lured mountain tourists from over 41 countries in the last 9 months, tripling that number over the previous year. As a reason for this attraction he has called the favorable price of the ski resorts in Iran. Iran has some ski resorts and Dizin ski resort is the largest in the Middle East.

Dizin is the largest Iranian ski resort in the Alborz Mountains, about 120 kilometers north of Tehran. It is located in the Elburs Mountains near Damāwand. Dizin was founded in 1969. Two hotels, 19 cabins and five restaurants as well as private apartments were built in this area. It was host to 6,000 foreign tourists this year. It is estimated that the country could increase its capacity by 30,000 in three to five years.

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