0938 GMT November 20, 2019
On the occasion of Government Week (Aug. 23-29), Masoud Soltanifar further said that non-governmental organizations in the cultural heritage sector, which are dedicated to preserving 32,000 registered monuments, has a membership of 120,000.
He listed the setting up of prehistoric and Islamic sections of National Museum of Iran, as well as the establishment of Khorasan Museum and 285 small private museums as among the other achievements of ICHHTO.
Also, registration of 450 national monuments including movable properties, natural monuments and intangible relics and registration of five monuments on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the past three years are the other achievements of the government, he pointed out.
“We succeeded in registering Isfahan, Mashhad, Tabriz and Lalejin as cities of handicrafts, gemstones, carpet and potteries respectively on the list of 19 UNESCO’s global cities.
“The $440million handicrafts export bodes positively for the country. However, we intend to raise the figure to $1 billion.”
The other achievements in the tourism sector is the extension of airport visa from 15 days to three months for nationals of 190 nations in nine airports of Iran, he said.
“We have taken a positive step in increasing the number of tourists by doing away with visa formalities for nationals of Georgia and Armenia.”
He praised the government for establishing 35 four- and five-star hotels at cost of eight trillion rials ($266 million) which was secured from the National Development Fund.
Hotel construction projects including the construction of 820 one- to five-star hotels and hotel apartments and 170 other four- and five-star hotels will be seriously pursued by the private sector, he concluded.