Minister presents plans to accelerate the growth of maritime tourism

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TEHRAN — There would be an acceleration in the development of maritime tourism, said Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarghami.

Fuel subsidies will be given to cruise ships, leading to lower sea travel costs and increased maritime tourism, the minister said on Sunday.

Zarghami made the remarks during a meeting with Iranian cruise ship owners, IRNA reported.

With this subsidy, fuel consumption for a 1,000-passenger cruise will drop from 600 billion rials ($2 million) to 500 million rials ($1,700), he said.

Over the past two years, the Islamic Republic has made various efforts to harness the potential of maritime tourism by developing hospitality infrastructure, diversifying maritime routes and attracting private sector investors along its vast southern coasts.

A thriving maritime tourism could help the country achieve its ambitious goal of attracting 20 million annual tourists by 2025. It is also keeping tabs on tourism developments in the Caspian Sea to the north.

Last February, the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Transport and Urban Development signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop maritime tourism and make the most of its potential on the south and north coasts of the country.

Promote the culture of using the sea as a tool to increase social vitality, develop coastal activities in the form of environmentally friendly plans and programs, and create the necessary foundations for cooperation and knowledge exchange and information were also among the topics of the agreement.

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