Iranian tourist numbers to Russia rise in 2015

Nearly 34,000 Iranian tourists visited Russia in the first 9 months of 2015.

2015 witnessed a significant increase in Iranian tourists visiting Russia, the Association of Tour Operators said on its website.

According to Rosstat (Russia's state statistics service), nearly 34,000 Iranian tourists visited Russia in the first nine months of 2015, a rise of 111 percent when compared to the same period a year ago.

On January 14, a delegation from Iran, headed by Deputy Head of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Mortaza Rahmani Movahed, came to Moscow to discuss cooperation in tourism with Rostourism (Russia's state agency for Tourism).

Iranian airline Mahan Air will launch direct flights between Moscow and Tehran from January 21.

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