News ID: 324836
Published: 0332 GMT October 24, 2022

‘Iran is a very safe country’, says Spanish tourist

‘Iran is a very safe country’, says Spanish tourist

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It is her first time visiting Iran, but she hopes that it wouldn’t be her last.

“My name is Maria, and I’m so glad to have come to Iran. I’ve found it a great country,” says the Spanish national, who is apparently having a good time with a group of her compatriots in a beautiful, cozy garden-restaurant.

Not only a great country with a rich history, but she has also found Iran to be “safe, very safe,” for tourists.

One of her companions, a man dressed in a white shirt and sporting a patterned scarf, confesses that before getting to Iran, they were “a bit worried.”

“But we were surprised when we got here. We haven’t had any problems since we landed in Iran,” he said.

All this is in spite of heated new rounds of Iranophobia – an ever-increasing stream of media content to paint an unreal picture of the country.

“More than 3.5 million tourists have entered Iran since the issuance of tourist visas recommenced last October,” said, Ali-Asghar Shalbafian, deputy of the Ministry of Tourism, according to Javan newspaper.

The tourism official further stated that although recent obstacles raised by some European countries for their citizens to visit Iran has negatively affected cultural tourism in cities like Shiraz, Isfahan, and Yazd, Iran’s tourism potentials and benefits make it a great destination for visitors from other markets.

Hopefully, Iran’s appeal would beat the unjustified Iranophobia in the end.

“Ever since I was young, I’d read about Iran in school and university, and I really liked to visit that country,” says another man in Maria’s company, with white hair, dressed in a red jacket.

Citing the media hype in the West about Iran’s recent civil protests, he adds, “Of course, there were some protests, but their scope were definitely exaggerated.”

Beyond the smoke of anti-Iran sentiments, however, lies the truth about Iran’s lavish culture.

“Since we reached Iran and [started to] interact with its people, I’ve understood how superior Iran’s culture is,” concurs another Spanish woman, her head loosely wrapped in a red shawl.

“Iran is a culturally significant country,” she said.

And she would very much like to visit Iran again, just as Maria does.

“Iran is a great country […] so we are not able to visit many places and get to know many people,” says Maria, who expresses her desire to remedy that the next time around.



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