Deputy Minister, intl. officials exchange views on tourism


TEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Tourism Minister Ali-Asghar Shalbafian and several international officials discussed ways to deepen ties in the fields of travel and cultural heritage.

In addition, they exchanged views on the outlook for the sector affected by the virus on the sidelines of the 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which was held from November 30 to December 3 in Madrid. , in Spain, IRNA reported on Sunday.

During the three-day conference, Shalbafian met with tourism officials from India, Oman, Iraq, Pakistan, Georgia, Kuwait, Uzbekistan, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Turkey, Malaysia and Russia, the report adds.

During the meetings, he highlighted the impact of the management process during the coronavirus epidemic crisis and the importance of vaccination in reviving the tourism industry.

He also stressed the value of common experiences, support for tourism-related businesses of the two countries and the need for bilateral cooperation.

On Tuesday, Shalbafian and UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili discussed ways to develop bilateral relations and achieve previously defined rural tourism goals.

In addition, they revisited an international conference on rural tourism, which Iran plans to hold in its lesser-known provinces of Kermanshah and Kordestan.

Shalbafian and Pololikashvili also exchanged views on the prospects for sustainable tourism in both the COVID era and the post-COVID era.

The Islamic Republic seeks to take advantage of its many tourist sites such as bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, public baths, madrasas, mausoleums, churches, towers and mansions, 26 of which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.



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