Kish official clears the air over facilities

DUBAI — The tourism infrastructure on Kish Island will undergo major upgradation in the next six months, according to a representative of the Kish Free Zone Organisation (KFZO).

By Criselda E. Diala

Published: Wed 9 May 2007, 8:21 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:21 AM

Shedding light on previous reports about UAE visa change travellers who complained of poor accommodation facilities in Kish, Mahdi Chamanzad, member of the board of directors of KFZO, said the Iranian government has drafted an extensive infrastructure development programme, that will be completed within the year.

"There's an ongoing project to enhance the airport terminal facilities as well as hotel and airline services for tourists coming from Middle East countries. We will also construct a special kind of hotel in terms of standard and facilities, although we prefer not to disclose the details," he said.

Chamanzad's statement came following a report which appeared in Khaleej Times last month mentioning the experiences of UAE visit visa holders who went to Kish for visa change.

One of the women interviewed by the media claimed that apart from staying overnight in a poorly kept service hotel, she was also harassed by a hotel staff.

He was quick to point out that technically, visa change travellers are not considered tourists since they do not spend much time to see the tourist attractions in Kish.

"We have around 60 hotels in Kish Island and 30 of these are classified into 5, 4 and 3-star properties, which are monitored by the Deputy Tourism Manager of KFZO. Most of the time, visa change travellers stay in service hotels or even at the airport as they wait for their new UAE visa to be released," he explained.

Last year, Kish Island received more than two million passengers, 25 per cent of whom were visa change travellers.

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