1112 GMT January 22, 2020
Abbasabad Tourism and Recreational Complex and Ganjnameh are among the main tourist attractions of the city which offer scenes of indescribable and unique natural beauty to visitors.
The complex is located 11 kilometers to the east of Hamedan. Its proximity to the city and green environment has helped make it a well-known recreational center. Ganjnameh is an ancient inscription — five kilometers southwest of Hamedan — on the slopes of Alvand Mountain.
Provincial officials have always attached immense importance to the tourism potentials of Hamedan and considered it as one of the main axes for development in the region.
In spite of tourism potentials of the city and the emphasis of senior provincial officials, the sector has not been developed as it should be.
Ali Khaksar, the deputy head of Hamedan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department, said various events have so far been organized to promote tourism in the province including spring festival in Norouz (Iranian New Year holiday March 21-April 2) and autumn festival during Tourism Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3).
“A winter festival is also expected to be held in Hamedan,” he added.
The official noted that provincial officials and tour organizers have held several meetings to discuss issues related to tourism.
He added that the province has sufficient potentials to play a key role in health tourism, adding the developed infrastructures of medical centers and hospitals coupled with the salubrious climatic conditions in Hamedan have made the province ideal for medical tourism.
Khaksar said adequate budget is required to implement plans to introduce the tourism attractions of the province.
Suitable marketing and publicity, including production of documentaries and short films on tourism as well as the use of cyberspaces and mass media can help officials take effective steps toward achieving the targets, he added.
He said a meeting has been held with film producers and tour organizers to explore ways to introduce the tourism attractions of Hamedan.
Mahmoudreza Araqi, the deputy governor general of the province, said $1.6 million have been allocated to promote tourism in Hamedan Province during March 2015-March 2017.
He said private sector cannot afford the costs of promoting tourism. Therefore, a major part of the fund has been made available by the municipality and the government, he added.
Araqi noted that Hamedan Cultural Heritage Department is not the sole authority for promoting tourism. All relevant organizations have to do their best to achieve the goal.