Iran to pay incentives to attract Western tourists

October 31, 2006 14:52

Iran has said it would offer cash incentives to travel agencies to encourage Western tourists to visit the country, giving a premium for Americans, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Tuesday. The proposal is Iran's latest bid to reach out to ordinary Americans in an attempt by the Islamic Republic's political leadership to show that its quarrel is with the US administration, not US citizens. "Iran's tourism department will pay US$20 (€15.7) per person to those who attract European or American tourists to the country," the agency quoted Mohammed Sharif Malakzadeh, deputy head of the department, as saying. Visitors from other countries would earn travel agents US$10 (€7.8) a tourist, Malakzadeh said.

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