Endowed with rich cultural treasures and ancient history, Iran is among the top 20 countries regarding the highest number of tourist attractions. From the incredibly famous 2,500-year-old ruins of Persepolis to the archaeological hills in Susa, Iran is home to 21 UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites
The Iranian tourism industry started to experience a rebirth in 2013 after Hassan Rouhani was elected president. He has taken steps to fulfill his election promise to support tourism.
Figures provided by the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization demonstrate that 4.8 million tourists visited Iran in 2013, about 25% higher than the figure for 2012. In addition, in 2015, official figures put the number of tourists at more than 5.2 million, making over $8 billion.
Iran is a safe place for tourists, to such an extent that numerous travelers describe it as the ‘safest place I’ve ever traveled to’. Crime against foreign tourists is extremely rare and, in fact, if one tries to behave in accordance with local traditions and customs, he/she is unlikely to be treated with anything but friendliness and courtesy.