Official: Iran interested in attracting Thai investors in tourism field
Iran is interested in attracting Thai investors in field of tourism in the country, a deputy head of Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) said at a meeting with officials of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Bangkok.
Referring to Iran’s great potentials in the tourism sector, Mohammadreza Karbasi, ICCIMA’s deputy head for international affairs, said, “This is the best time for the two nations to partner together and encourage traveling to each other’s country.”
Heading an Iranian commercial delegation, Karbasi is currently in Thailand as part of a study visit organized by the Thai Embassy in Tehran and TAT.
The visit is aimed at presenting the special health and wellness packages offered by Thailand’s hospitals and clinics to the Iranian delegation, comprising representatives from ICCIMA and two other Iranian provincial chambers of commerce belonging to Isfahan in central Iran, and Hamedan, western Iran.
He expressed his country’s commitment and willingness to facilitate visa procedures for Thai people, adding that an e-visa service has been recently introduced for foreign travelers to Iran.
The meeting was hosted by Deputy Governor of TAT for Policy and Planning Chattan Kunjara Na Ayundhya and Deputy Governor of TAT for International Marketing on the sidelines of an international showcase on health and wellness tourism in Bangkok.
During the meeting, a representative from the Isfahan Chamber of Commerce, Sahar Amini, introduced the central Iranian city as a leading tourism destination in the country, inviting TAT officials to visit Isfahan.
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Also, Tahereh Izadi, a representative from the Hamedan Chamber of Commerce, called for cooperating on health tourism.
Referring to growing over 350 varieties of herbs in the western province, she expressed the province’s readiness to cooperate with Thai investors in this regard.
Heading the Thai team, Kunjara expressed the team’s willingness to visit Iran soon.
Ahead of the bilateral meeting, the Iranian delegation attended the International Health and Wellness Trade Meet 2018 as an observer guest.
The TAT held the Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase 2018, under the concept, “Thailand: A Paradise for Longevity,” to promote the kingdom as a destination for products and services for a longer life.
At the event, thirteen health and medical centers from Thailand presented their special health and wellness packages to about seventy international buyers attending the trade meeting.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a dinner meeting in honor of the Iranian delegation on Thursday, during which Thai Ambassador to Iran Kallayana Vipattipumiprates discussed bilateral trade ties with the deputy head of ICCIMA.
Touching upon cordial relations, both sides expressed the hope that obstacles to mutual banking cooperation will be resolved.