Iran and Greece Agree on Boosting Tourism Ties

The Tehran International Tourism Exhibition (TITE) which ended yesterday included meetings between tourist representatives from Iran and its counterparts. For the first time Greece had an own stand at the event. During meetings between Iran and Greece the two countries agreed on sending more tourists to each other’s countries.

Currently Iranians need visa to visit Greece, while Greeks can benefit the visa on arrival on their Iran visit. However, if the visa requirements from Greece’s side improves it is estimated that more than 20,000 Iranians can visit Greece this year, compared to 3,000 tourists in 2015.

Last year the national carrier of Greece, Aegean Airlines, launched a 3 weekly service from Athens to Tehran. This summer the airline is inceasing the flights to 4 weekly, but is also now interested in offering daily flights during the summer period. Mahan Air operates seasonal flights from Tehran to Athens as well, and is expected to increase the number of flights as well. The private airline is reportedly examining the possibility of launching direct flghts to the touristic cities of Crete, Rhodes and Thessaloniki.  Iran Air which recently announced the renewal of its fleet is also said to be considering to enter the Greek market.

 

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