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Iranian Nomads Plan to Attract Tourists

Tehran, 13 August 2005(CHN) -- With a new program which is to be launched at the end of this summer and beginning of autumn, Iranian nomads are planning to attract more foreign tourists.

Approaching nomads' resting season during which lots of religious and traditional rites are performed, "Mohammad Doosti", vice president of Nomads' Tribal Cooperatives Union expressed hope that nomad tribes would witness tourism industry booming, especially as the new season coincides with the formation of Iran's new government.

"As the first step to achieve this goal," he explained, "the management staffs of different tribal unions are attending an educational workshop where they learn and study about the reception and disposition toward tourists to the details."

Noting its intermediary role for private sector, Doosti also emphasized the importance of Nomads' Tribal Cooperatives Union in booming tourism industry and asserted, "Lots of efforts have been made so far, including several meetings and conferences, to optimize the nomads' capacity in receiving and disposing towards tourists. Moreover, nomads' handicrafts have been presented and introduced through exhibitions either held in Iran or other countries."

Nomads' Tribal Cooperatives Union has recently recognized tourism as a potential income-generating measure for nomads and is trying to initiate tourism facilities gradually. For this purpose, in cooperation with Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, the union has already managed to establish some basic tourism facilities using local tribes' investments.

Besides being skillful guides, which results from traveling all year round, nomads can provide tourists who have explored to the heart of nature with handicrafts as souvenirs.

It is hoped that collaborations between Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism organization and Iran's Nomads Organization for training local guides and improving the local handicrafts' quality, will boost tourism industry rapidly as a considerable source of income which as well raises the number of job opportunities and helps the local economy.

... Payvand News - 8/13/05 ... --

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