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Iran's Qeshm island enjoys high potential in ecotourism

Tehran, Aug 9, IRNA -- Managing Director of Qeshm Free Zone Organization (QFZO) Seyed Fakhreddin Anvar said in Tehran on Monday that according to international surveys, Qeshm island has a high potential in ecotourism and tourist attraction.

According to a report released by QFZO Public Relations Department, he added that in view of its wide range of capabilities in various fields including tourism, grounds for conducting feasibility studies have been prepared and a comprehensive plan has been drawn up to the effect.

"Based on the studies conducted by an international advisor, the articular geographic and natural features of the island contribute significantly to its extraordinary position.

"To attract more tourists to the island, the prospect of establishing natural parks is currently being examined," he added.

The official referred to the marvelous attractions such as living corals moving about in the calm waters of the Persian Gulf, rare sand coasts, Hora forest, historical villages and charming landscapes as some of the features of Qeshm island.

"Given that the key position of the island, which is located along the North-South Corridor and its harbor capable to handle 100,000 tons of transit goods, optimum use should be made of it," he added.

The secretary of Qeshm summer festival (August 5-September 17), Farhad Rashidi, said that it mainly aims to attract tourists, promote tourism and introduce the island's special natural attractions to the public.

"Besides, during the festival the visitors will be introduced to the islanders customs and traditions, which are based on Islamic culture.

"Discount on tours and plane tickets as well as special services available for the visitors travelling to Qeshm on their own cars are among the facilities to be provided on the occasion," he concluded.

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