The historic and beautiful city of Tabriz can be turned into a tourism hub for neighboring countries including Turkey and Caucasus, said the Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Khalil Ibrahim Ậḵcẖạ expressing pleasure over the designation of the city as the Capital of Islamic Tourism in 2018.
According to Mehr News Agency, he further said that religious, cultural and historical commonalities are the important elements in the development and prosperity of the tourism industry.
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He added that in view of Iran’s strong religious and historical ties with the Caucasus, Turkey and Azerbaijan Republic, the tourism industry can be developed faster between Tabriz and these regions through publicity and introducing this metropolis.
He congratulated to the noble people of Tabriz and officials on holding the event and said, “It is hoped that the introduction of Tabriz as Capital of Islamic Tourism can be an opportunity for the prosperity and development of the tourism industry both in this region and Iran.”
Solidarity, unity and amity among nationals of ECO member states is the main goal in developing the tourism industry, he said, adding, “In this respect, Tabriz has been defined as tourism hub and effective steps will be taken in this city for promoting tourism industry.”
The ECO secretary general evaluated the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the official opening ceremony of Tabriz 2018 as ‘significant and important’ and pointed out that the inaugural ceremony of Tabriz 2018 had extensive media coverage in Islamic countries and Turkey.
The official inaugural ceremony of Tabriz 2018 as the Capital of Islamic Tourism was held in Tabriz on Wednesday. The event was attended by a number of ministers, government officials as well as 60 political and tourism representatives of various countries.