The Iranian delegation was led by Mohammad Qassemi, director general for Iran’s Tourism Marketing and Promotion, and Demyan Smilevets, the head of the International Cooperation Department of the Federal Agency for Tourism, led the Russian delegation.
The two sides exchanged views about tourism cooperation in a friendly atmosphere, IRNA reported.
Both countries reviewed ways to share experiences in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and measures to thwart the threat posed by the pandemic to the tourism industry.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, inked a visa-free agreement for tourist groups on March 28, 2017. Based on the agreement, tour groups of five to 50 people heading toward Russia from Iran, or vice versa, will be granted a visa-free stay of up to 15 days.
To implement it, it was necessary to set up a joint action plan to specify the process. The joint action plan of the two countries has been prepared for the three-year period, 2020-2022, which can be extended and revised.
Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan recently said he would visit Russia to attend the B2B negotiations by September 21 in order to carry out the final negotiations on the Iran-Russia visa waiver deal.