Kish Island as tourist attraction
Iranian investors are pouring money in Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, hoping that its white beaches and coral riffs will attract tourists. The Iran is having a tourist boom at the moment: visitor numbers increased from 2.2 million in 2009 to 5.2 million in 2015. But most tourists are interested in the country’s ancient sights and less in a beach holiday.
Investors try to change that. Only 200 kilometres across the water is Dubai and investors are hoping to attract the city’s wealthy visitors. A hurdle are the Islamic Rules which are much less strict than in the rest of the country but still there: alcohol for example is prohibited. But the investors are trying to see that as a concept: tourists can enjoy themselves in Dubai and relax on Kish Island which hoteliers want to transform into a relaxing oasis.
But the businessmen are emphasising another of Kish’s advantages: shopping. In the 90s Kish became the first free trade zone of the country and has various of American-style malls to offer. The island has 40 hotels but more hotels and malls are under construction. Moreover, the investors aim to increase the international flights of Kish Air and attract 2.6 million tourists within the next ten years.
Quelle: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/travel/article/iran-resort-hopes-relaxed-rules-will-attract-tourists; Foto: wikipedia.de