UNWTO Area Meeting: Ghana - WFTGA Area Representative Report

WFTGA Members Sam Baddo and Paul Romeo Assessi attended the UNWTO Regional Conference in Accra Ghana from 17-19August 2015
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Posted: 08/28/15

Visa On Arrival: Iran

Iran Extends Upon arrival Visa Validity to 30 Days for 58 Countries and soon, will rise to 190 countries
Iran has extended airport visa validity from 15 to 30 days and tourists will be able to ask airport visa for 30 days in all border airports. Iranian government's recent decision to increase the validity length on visas is an effort to attract more tourists. Vice-president of Iran and Head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Masoud Soltanifar, on the sidelines of Eco(Economic Cooperation Organization) cooperation meeting on handicrafts held in Tehran, said the increase of the validity length on visas was put into practice as a result of the escalating number of incoming tourists and travel demands to Iran. Cultural Tourism development, which is one of the most central policies undertaken by Rouhani administration, would pave the way to the rise of tourist inflow; the soaring rate of which is expected after Iran’s nuclear deal as expressed by Soltanifar. The basic steps have been taken as cabinet approves the enactment of the rise of visa on arrival (VOA) from 15 to 30 days as Soltanifar said and added visa extensions can be done if tourists apply for. He added, according to government legislation, soon visa on arrival will issue for nations of 190 countries.
Airport visa can be obtained only by tourists but not diplomatic, business, temporary worker, and journalist visas.
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Electronic Visas to Be Issued Next Year
In addition to the increase in validity of airport visa to 30 days, Soltanifar added that the government approved another tourism act, according to which e-visa will be issued in cooperation with the ministry of intelligence, ministry of interior affairs and ministry of Foreign affairs of Islamic republic of Iran next year. 
As a result, Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) would like to take this opportunity to welcome international guests to Iran. We are excited to share our country and culture with visitors and establish positive rapport between our nations.
Mohsen Hajisaied
Secretary of 17th WFTGA Convention

Posted: 08/25/15

British Embassy Re-opens in Tehran

The foreign secretary of the United Kingdom (Philip Hammond) has travelled to  Iran to reopen the embassy. He will be Britain’s first top diplomat to visit the Iranian capital in nearly 14 years. And the Iranian embassy in London will be opened likewise. It is expected that Tehran-London relations will be normalized, including in consular affairs and issuance of visas, after the two countries diplomats and embassy staff return to their work.
Following the nuclear agreement between Iran and 5+1, there are high hopes that Iran’s tourism industry will increase substantially. Already just two weeks after the nuclear deal, UK foreign affairs have announced that there is no limitation for its citizens traveling to Iran, though borders with Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are still off limits Tourism has always been a major focus of the 11th Iranian Presidential administration. From the beginning of Dr Rouhani’s term the number of inbound tourists in Iran has risen, leading to increased demands for tourist guides.
Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (IFTGA) would like to take this opportunity to welcome British citizens and above all our British colleagues to Iran.
Mohsen Hajisaeid
Secretary of 17th WFTGA Convention

Posted: 08/25/15
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