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Who’s the brand new Iranian Minister of Tourism Hon. Seyed Ezatullah Zarghami

  • Ebrahim Raisi, the new President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, appointed his cabinet on August 8th. Parliament must approve all appointed cabinet members.
  • The Iranian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism will appoint Hon Seyed Ezatullah Zarghami as the new minister
  • The Iran Tourism and Touring Organization describes tourism in Iran with the words Travel to IRAN. Persia, the land of the four seasons with its rich and colorful history, countless monuments, Iranian hospitality and delicious food.

In 2018, Iran had nearly 8 million foreign visitors.

Iran is one of the oldest civilizations in the world and has been one of the most elaborate and complex civilizations in the world from the start. There are aspects of Iranian civilization that in one way or another have touched almost every person on the planet. But the story of how this happened and the full significance of these influences is often unknown and forgotten.

Tourism in Iran is diverse and offers a range of activities from hiking and skiing in the Alborz and Zagros mountains to beach vacations in the Persian Gulf.

Iran has been hit hard by COVID-19, as has its travel and tourism industries.

– The Iranian tourism industry has lost around 320 trillion riyals ($ 7.6 billion at the official exchange rate of 42,000 riyals per dollar) since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, ISNA reported Tuesday.

The pandemic has also ruined more than 44,000 jobs in the country’s once-thriving travel sector, the report added.

The housing centers suffered the most as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran and the resulting unemployment and financial losses. These statistics cover the period from February 2020 to spring 2021.

Housing centers have hit around 280 trillion rials ($ 6.6 billion) from the virus, while over 21,000 workers at these centers have lost their jobs during the said period.

Tourism agencies are the second hardest hit group in the tourism industry, with over 10 trillion rials ($ 238 million) in damage and more than 6,000 unemployed since the outbreak.

In terms of employment and financial losses, tourism complexes, eco-lodges and tour guides are also among the hardest hit groups in the tourism industry.

Who is he darling. Sayyid Ezzatollah Zargham, the new Minister of Tourism of the Islamic Republic of Iran?

The Hon. Sayyid Ezzatollah Zarghami is an Iranian Conservative politician and former military officer. Zarghami was Deputy Minister of Culture and the Islamic Ministry and Ministry of Defense before he was head of Broadcasting of the Islamic Republic of Iran from 2004 to 2014.

Zarghami was born into a religious family in 1959. Although his father never bought a television, Zarghami became a cinephile. During his school days, he was the classmate of Hassan Tehrani-Moghaddam, who is widely regarded as the father of the Iranian missile program: Teherani-Moghaddam was killed in 2011. At the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Zarghami was a 20-year-old student in civil engineering at Amirkabir University. He participated in the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran, which ultimately led to the severance of diplomatic relations between the US and Iran. During the Iran-Iraq war, he finally joined the newly formed IRGC as a radio host.

During part of the Iran-Iraq war, Zarghami was in charge of teams tasked with domestic production of missiles, a necessity due to the refusal of many countries to sell weapons to Iran.

Zarghami eventually left the IRGC as a general; he has cited his interest in politics as his motivation for the exit.

In 1995 he became Deputy Minister of Culture and oversaw film affairs; he held the office for two years, during which, despite the dislike of many cinema activists, he enforced severe restrictions on content. During this time, President Hashemi Rafsanjani distanced himself from Zarghami.

Contrary to his tough tenure, he claimed to have paved the way for artists in Iran.

In 2004, Supreme Leader Ali Khamemei appointed him head of the state broadcaster, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), a position he held for ten years. His predecessor was Ali Larijani.

Throughout Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure, Zarghami was accused of reporting the events in a biased manner. Zarghami developed a close relationship with Ahmadinejad, which he maintains to this day.

Zarghami accompanied then President Ahmadinejad in 2010 on his trip to the General Assembly of the United Nations, during whose tenure the two often spoke on the phone.

Following the protests in the 2009 presidential election, many blamed Zarghami and the biased IRIB reporting for provoking reformists to mobilize. His tenure ended in 2014, after which he became more active on social media platforms; he met with controversial Iranian politicians from left and right and presented himself as an “inclusive politician”.

Zarghami, along with 16 other Iranian officials, was sanctioned by the European Union on March 23, 2012 for “committing human rights violations”.

According to Executive Order 13628, Zarghami was sanctioned by the USA in February 2013 in the category “Entities identified as violating human rights or restricting freedom of expression”.

He has also been criticized for allegedly trying to prevent Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from appearing on his network for a scheduled interview in February 2014, delaying the program for an hour.

Ezatollah Zarghami speaks at the 14th Moghavemat International Film Festival

Zarghami got into an argument with President Rouhani at a meeting of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, in which he accused Rouhani of making statements “against Islamic and revolutionary values”.

On March 15, 2017, Zarghami announced his candidacy for the 2017 presidential election via his social media accounts. He said he had “felt a responsibility to fix the country’s management structure at the macro level” and accepted “the invitation from the Popular Front of the Islamic Revolutionary Forces.” Zarghami, who has been speculated as a possible candidate since the end of 2014,[8] in November 2015 refused the possibility of standing as a candidate.

2021 elections Zarghami announced his candidacy for the 2021 presidential election in an interview with Arman newspaper and stated: “I have come to the conclusion that elections in general are a pain in the ass”. Many speculate that Zarghami is on the side of Supreme Leader Khamenei and is trying to abolish the presidency in Iran in favor of a stronger parliamentary system. However, his nomination was rejected by the Guardian Council

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