0523 GMT July 23, 2019
Jalal Jabbari said some measures have been taken to facilitate tourism in the region. They include the publication and distribution of maps and brochures, employment of young and experienced guides conversant in English language.
He said 30,000 artistans are involved in 50 handicraft fields across the province.
"As Norouz holidays draw closer, many visitors will come here so we intend to set up 15 handicraft marketplaces for local artisans to sell their products," he added.
West Azerbaijan Province borders Turkey, Iraq and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, and the provinces of East Azerbaijan, Zanjan and Kurdestan. Its capital and largest city is Orumieh.
Permanent settlements were established in the province as early as the Sixth Millennium BCE as evident from excavations conducted in sites such as Hassanlou Hill. A famous Golden Vase was found in 1958 in Hassanlou.
Sahoolan is Iran's second largest water cave, which is located 43 kilometers from the northeast of Mahabad along with the Mahabad-Bukan Road, in West Azarbaijan Province.
The cave, which has been described as one of the unique attractions of Iran, hosts about 1,000 tourists every day.
Sahoolan means 'frost' in Kurdish language. The cave is near a village by the same name.