Gilan records a 140% increase in tourist overnight stays

TEHRAN – Tourists visiting the Caspian Sea province of Gilan had a total of 1,208,892 overnight stays from March 16-28, an increase of 140 percent over the same period last year, it said on Monday the provincial head of tourism.

More than 300 foreign tourists also visited the province during the period, IRIB said quoting Vali Jahani.

There are currently 3,235 accommodation and tourism establishments operating in the province.

In February, Jahani said a budget of 1.2 trillion rials ($4.5 million) had been allocated to develop some tourism-related projects in the province.

“A sum of 1.2 trillion rials is approved to be distributed to 18 development projects which are expected to have a significant impact on tourism infrastructure and job creation in the province,” Jahani quoted CHTN as saying.

Meanwhile, a total of 164 tourism-related projects worth 1.5 trillion rials ($5.7 million) have been inaugurated in Gilan to mark the 43rd anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, known under the name of ten-day Fajr celebrations (this year from February 1 to 11). The projects included accommodation centers and eco-lodge units as well as handicraft workshops and exhibitions which are expected to generate 100 jobs, he noted.

The verdant province of Gilan is known for its tourist attractions and warm, hospitable people.

In 2019, Gilan was chosen as the first province to launch the country’s comprehensive tourism plan, which is being developed under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The comprehensive plan aims to serve as a roadmap to guide tourists around the world to achieve a sustainable and competitive tourism market.