News ID: 234088
Published: 0222 GMT November 11, 2018

WTO: Iran known for hospitality

WTO: Iran known for hospitality

Iran is known worldwide for its hospitality, observed UN World Tourism Organization secretary general noting that in the field of tourism, hospitality is more important than culture, traditions and architecture.

Zurab Pololikashvili, who was speaking at a press conference for the 40th World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Golestan Palace, Tehran, further noted, "It is highly appreciated that Iran put tourism on the agenda and we are here to promote Iran's tourism."

According to IRNA, Pololikashvili pointed out that the participation of 27 countries in 40th UNWTO meeting in Hamedan indicates the potentials for more tourism trade.

"I am happy that this meeting will not be held in Tehran or Isfahan and Hamedan is going to be introduced to the world as a new destination for tourism," he added.

The UN official also met Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization said that Iran is among the top ten countries with high capabilities in terms of tourism, adding that it also has several natural, cultural and architectural attractions.

Ali Asghar Mounesan added that tourists of the world and the global activists of the tourism industry said 'no' to US sanctions against Iran.

Pointing to the great gatherings of tourism industry activists from around the world in Iran, he said, "The diversity of our international events in the field of cultural heritage and tourism, and the growth of positive developments of tourism in Iran over the past two years indicate continued growth of this industry in the country irrespective of the sanctions."

He added that the 40th UNWTO meeting in Hamedan, along with the new round of US sanctions against Iran, also shows that the US and its allies cannot do anything.

He added that the cruel and unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States against Iran will not harm the country's tourism potentials given the cultural characteristics of tourism in the international arena.

The desire of tourists to come to this 7,000-year-old country is evident from the increasing number of tourists coming to the country, he pointed out.

The meeting will be held from November 12-14 in Hamedan.‌


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