The general assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization in 2018 holds in the Iranian city of Hamadan.

Iran Press/Iran News: Titled as ‘International Seminar on Harnessing Cultural Tourism through Innovation and Technology’, the three-day event will kick off today (Monday) in Hamadan.

According to Iran Press, the main aim of the international seminar is to address the role of innovation and technology in the development of cultural tourism and in enhancing destinations’ competitiveness and attractiveness.

Technology and innovation, including information and communication technology (ICT), serve as enablers of the sustainable development of cultural tourism whereby improving governance, enhancing profitability, and competitiveness along with preserving intangible and tangible cultural resources.

In this regard, the seminar will provide a platform to further discuss these important topics through panel debates and the sharing of good practices. Additionally, it will explore the fundamental contribution of innovation to fostering cultural tourism in Iran – a country endowed with rich cultural heritage and legacy of the remarkable Persian civilization.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili arrived in Hamadan on Sunday to attend the 40th UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session.

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This is Pololikashvili’s first visit to Iran. Earlier on Sunday, he had met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Ali Asghar Mounesan.


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Chief of Iran Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Ali Asghar Moonesan said that tourists around the world and global activists of tourism industry said no to the US sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

He pointed to the participation of activists of tourism industry all over the world in the Islamic Republic of Iran and added, “the diversity of our international events in the field of cultural heritage and tourism as well as growth of positive tourism developments in the country over the past two years have been indicative of the continued growth of this industry in the country regardless of sanctions,” Mehr News Agency reported.

 Chief of CHTHO ,Ali Asghar Moonesan: World tourists say no to US sanctions against Iran

Organizing the 40th meeting of members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the historic city of Hamadan simultaneous with the new round of US sanctions on Iran indicates that the US and its allies could not materialize their objectives in this respect, Moonesan emphasized.

Planners of sanctions cannot boycott the attractions and breathtaking views of Iranian land and territory, he said, adding, “They cannot deprive world tourists of visiting Iranian must-see sites.”

US unilateral and cruel sanctions against Iran are doomed to failure, so that a great number of tourists have flocked to the Islamic Republic of Iran in this period, he noted.

If accurate planning is taken in this regard, US sanctions will have no impact on Iran’s tourism industry, he said, adding, “Despite the exacerbation of cultural invasion of enemy waged against the country, followed by Iranophobia and external political pressures, the country has witnessed the organizing prestigious international events with a focus on tourism in a way that dynamicity as a result of organizing these events in the country has created an excellent opportunity for more interaction and development of international cooperation.”

The vice president outlined a bright and rosy future for Iranian tourism industry and said, “Fortunately, we are witnessing the construction operation of 1,900 projects in tourism sector of the country with the participation and investment of private sector.” 101/202

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