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Afghanistan aiming to attract more foreign tourists in coming years

With the improvement of the overall security situation across the country, Afghanistan has become one of the most favorite destinations among foreign tourists in the past one year. As Afghanistan has a rich history and culture and is full of beautiful scenery and ancient history, the Islamic Emirate is aiming to attract more foreign tourists in the coming years. Since the Islamic Emirate takeover in mid-August 2021, there has been relative safety for locals and foreigners to travel anywhere without concerns about their security. It is the first time for Afghanistan to experience peace and security almost after four decades of wars and violence. The number of foreign visitors and tourists has increased considerably following the Islamic Emirate takeover in mid-August 2021. There is a buzz around Afghan tourism as the number of foreign tourists is increasing by passing each day. In 2021, there were 691 foreign tourists. In 2022, that figure rose to 2,300. Last year, there were over 7,000 tourists visiting the country, according to the Afghanistan Directorate of Tourism. Most foreign tourists that have visited Afghanistan in the past almost two and half years have shared a good image of Afghanistan and the better security situation in the country. As the overall security situation is completely satisfactory across the country, it is a golden opportunity for foreign tourists to visit Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate is making efforts to provide all necessary ground for foreign and domestic investment in the tourism industry. Besides, the Islamic Emirate is aiming to attract more foreign visitors to boost the country’s economy. Previously, a British travel firm had said that Afghanistan was a top holiday destination for 2024. “It’s completely blown me away,” said Dylan Harris, founder of Lupine Travel. “It’s the last place I expected to sell so well.” Harris had told The Independent: “Unbelievably this year, Afghanistan is our most popular destination.” The Wigan-based extreme travel firm previously operated in Afghanistan, but dropped the country when the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan took over in 2021. With the improvement of the overall security situation, Afghanistan is preparing to welcome more foreign visitors in the coming years. Besides, over 600 touristic companies have been provided with licenses in the past two and half years. That 215 tourist companies have extended their licenses. There are also over 150 online touristic services offices that have been provided with work permission and are also operating in the country. Tourism is considered as a pillar of a country’s economy. It plays a central role in society and individual lives. It offers great opportunities for emerging economies and developing countries. It creates jobs, strengthens the local economy, contributes to local infrastructure development and can help to conserve the natural environment and cultural assets and traditions, and to reduce poverty and inequality. Muqset

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.