Tehran, Sept 3, IRNA-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday highlighted the role of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) in redefining, preserving and promoting Iranian and Islamic culture.
Making the remark in a ceremony held here Saturday to bid farewell to the former chief of the organization and introducing his substitute, the president also stressed the need to provide necessary facilities for entry of foreign tourists to the country.
Noting that the travel of foreign tourists to and from Iran should be quite easy, he termed investments in tourism industry as necessary and stressed Iran's interest in having cultural interaction with world countries.
Regretting that the cost of travel inside Iran was too high for domestic tourists, he highlighted the role of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization in introducing the rich culture of Iran to world countries.
Rahim Moshaei, formally replaced the former ICHTO head Hossein Mar'ashi Saturday.
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