TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization officials in a different meeting with Chinese and Spanish officials on Friday discussed ways to further develop tourism cooperation between Iran and those countries.
Iranian and Chinese officials in a meeting underlined the need for broadening of mutual cooperation between the two countries, specially in the field of tourism.
The 1st conference on developing tourism and trade relations between Iran and China’ was held in Tehran.
During the meeting, the Chinese and Iranian officials and investors discussed expanding tourism cooperation.
The conference was entitled ‘the 1st Conference on The Prospects for Developing Tourism and Trade Relations Between Iran and China,’ and was held in Laleh International Hotel.
In the event, China’s ambassador to Iran Pang Sen delivered a speech and read out the message of the China’s National Tourism Administration (CNTA).
Also in the meeting, officials from Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and also from Tehran Chamber of Commerce delivered their speeches.
Two panels were held in the event. The first panel examined the existing cultural commonality and reviewed the new Silk Road project and examined the development of tourism in the two countries and the challenges and obstacles hindering tourism development.
The second panel addressed the issue of micro and macro business opportunities in the private sector in the field of tourism and the role of government agencies of the two countries.
Two papers were also selected from the articles presented at the conference, one of which was to examine the expectations and satisfaction of Chinese tourists traveling to Iran, and the second article also answered the question why the Chinese should travel more to Iran.
In addition to the conference, a number of small exhibitions were held representing various activities related to the event, including a Chinese language institution which was involved in teaching Chinese and training tour guides.
And also, Iranian and Spanish officials in a meeting in Madrid discussed different ways to further develop tourism cooperation between the two countries.
Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Ali Asqar Mounesan explored avenues for promoting cooperation in the tourism sector with director of Spanish Tourism Companies Joan Gaspart.
During a meeting on the sidelines of the International Tourism Exhibition in Madrid, both officials also discussed presence of foreign companies active in hotel building, hoteleering and tourism-related services in Iran.
Mounesan who is in Madrid to attend the prestigious exhibition ‘Fitur’ referred to Iran’s cultural tourism attractions and highlighted the country’s 7,000-year-old civilization and history.
He also commented on Iran’s plans to attract foreign investors in a bid to develop tourism infrastructure and pave the way for attracting 20 million tourists each year in the upcoming eight years.
Mounesan also invited Spanish companies to enter Iran’s market.
During the meeting, Gaspart expressed interest in Iran’s ancient history and civilization, voicing his readiness to visit Iran to discuss Spanish companies’ presence in Iranian tourism industry.
An Iranian delegation comprising representatives of the public and private sectors is participating in the International Tourism Exhibition.