From April 11-13 representatives of Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO) visited Tehran to meet with key Iranian tourism officials, tour operators and airlines.
The delegation was headed by chairman of the board of directors, CTO, Angelos Loizou; member of the board of directors, CTO, Xenia Loizidou; and marketing executive, CTO, Christos Moustra.
The aim of the visit to the Iranian capital was to explore any prospects that can be opened in the travel and tourism sector due to the lifting of sanctions and due to CTO having created a framework of specific actions for this purpose.
According to CTO, a meeting was held with the Vice President of the Iranian Government and the Head of the Iranian Organisation of Tourism, Masoud Soltanifar, in which methods for the development of cooperation in the field of tourism between the two countries were discussed.
CTO relayed that the lifting of sanctions has created a new dynamic in the Persian state. The country aims to upgrade its services and touristic infrastructure while also facilitating travellers wishing to visit Iran.
CTO reported that the meeting was held in a very good and productive atmosphere and both sides agreed that ways of cooperating for the mutual benefit of both countries must be investigated and implemented as soon as possible.
Throughout the meetings, Iranian tour operators communicated their interest in Cyprus. The prospect of new flights to be introduced by Blue Air from June 1, 2016, spurred further interest among Iran’s important tour operators, who stated that they will seriously examine the prospect of including the island on their itineraries.
Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in Iran, Andreas Kouzoupis, informed the representatives about the current situation in the country and about taking actions that ensure quick service to visitors from Iran, as far as visas are concerned.