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SA strengthens tourism ties with Islamic republic of Iran
The US's loss might be South Africa's gain.
As immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa have been blocked by the US's new President Donald Trump, South African Tourism is working to increase travel between our country and the Islamic republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf, one of the US banned Muslim countries.
South Africa's Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom is currently in Iran on a working visit at the invitation of his counterpart in Iran, vice-President Dr Zahra Ahmadipour, who is also the Head of the Iranian Cultural, Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation.
The reason? To strengthen South Africa's tourism ties with Iran, and to boost SA's standing as a Muslim-friendly destination.
South Africa is among the most popular destinations in the world for Muslim travellers, according to the MasterCard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index for 2016, which covers 130 global destinations.