Birjand, South Khorasan prov, Dec 29, IRNA-Director general of South Khorasan province Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department for parliamentary and provincial affairs, Behrouz Naderi-Nassab announced that the Majlis has ratified the draft bill on Iran's membership in the Convention of Intangible Heritage proposed by the department.
He told IRNA on Thursday that given Iran's status in international assemblies because of its background of spiritual and intangible heritage, the ratified bill is of great importance.
"The bill will attract international support for the country's spiritual heritage, which is intangible, and enable us to introduce it to the world.
"The provincial Cultural Heritage Department will be required to draw up some plans in this respect at the provincial and district levels," he added.
He noted that the bill deals with the spoken dialects as well as customs, traditions and ceremonies observed in various provinces and areas of the country.
Naderi-Nassab hoped that the bill will be presented to the public in the coming Iranian year (starting March 21) in the form of organized plans in provincial and national festivals.
"Meanwhile, identification of ancient relics and edifices, their registration as national monuments and their protection will be given priority in next year's plans.
"To make optimum use of our national relics and historical monuments, the archaic attractions and cultural heritage of the country should be closely related to the tourism sector," he added.
The official noted that the plans contain marketing, research and introduction of these monuments so that tourists' attention will be drawn to them.
Stressing the need for paying special attention to the tourism sector, he said, "We should be more active on the domestic scene." He hoped that through the Fourth Five-Year Development Plan (2005-2010), Iran will manage to attain the basic status it deserves and raise the number of tourist visiting the country annually to 20 million.
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