Reports indicate a significant increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting various parts of Iran in the past 12 months.

The head of Iran’s Tourism Organization told the Associated Press that the country has seen a 35-percent increase in the number of foreign tourists, adding that visits from 4.5 million tourists have brought the country an income of 6 billion dollars.

Massoud Soltanifar added that the increase is a direct result of the 2013 presidential election and the victory of Hassan Rohani.

The new administration’s policies have made it easier for travelers to obtain a visa, adding that visitors from Europe have increased by 200 percent.

The head of the Tourism Organization said Iran expects that by 2025, it will be welcoming 20 million foreign travelers a year.

Iran has 17 Cultural Heritage sites registered with UNESCO that are popular tourist attractions.