official stand at Reed
Travel Exhibition’s World Travel Market lies almost bare.
Due to delays in
visa issuing, Iran’s
Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation’s
exhibiting staff were
unable to fly to London in enough time for the Excel-based travel exhibition. Therefore
Iran’s official representative at the
show had to cancel its pavilion.
The Tehran-based British
Embassy has been accused of not processing the visas quickly enough for the
ICHTO to send its staff and according to the Embassy, staff shortages were the
reason behind the issuance failure.
Some Iran nationals have been able to
attend the show, held from 9 to 12 November, after applying for visas as
individuals or travel agents in advance.
World Travel Market saw an attendance of around 50,000 with over 200 countries