Leaders of Iran

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

CHN - Iranian Vice-President and Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Hossein Mar'ashi Plans For Student Tours

CHN - Show News: "Planning for national holidays can promote domestic tours

The website of Iranian Students Scientific-Cultural Tourist Center was inaugurated on Monday at the presence of Iranian vice-president and head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, Hossein Marashi.

Tehran, 6 June (CHN)-- Iranian Vice-President and Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Hossein Mar'ashi, said yesterday that planning for national holidays can lead to the development of an organized system for domestic (student) tours.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the website of Iranian Students Scientific-Cultural Tourist Center, he added that all the relevant organizations and departments should closely cooperate with ICHTO to establish cost-effective student tours.

Elaborating on the need for encouraging domestic tourism, Mar'ashi said that it should mainly aim to develop closer ties among various national ethnics.

"98 percent of the measures to be taken for promotion of tourism have been fulfilled by our predecessors. We just have to take care of the remaining two percent by coordinating related affairs and eliminating the shortages," he added.

Deputy Head of University Jihad for cultural affairs, Abdol-Hamid Ahmadi, said in the same ceremony that the main objective of the Iranian Students Scientific-Cultural Tourist Center is to concentrate on policy-making and coordinating cultural institutions involved in student tourism and relevant activities, identify historical, national and religious heritages and traditions in various fields.

Ahmadi said that tourist information on 17 provinces and 63 provincial towns are currently accessible on the website of Iranian Students Scientific-Cultural Tourist Center.

"Besides, the required data about 30 more provinces and 291 cities will soon be added to the website," he added.

Turning to various tourist projects expected to be implemented by the University Jihad Center, he said that a project aiming to introduce Isfahan's historical and cultural monuments will be completed in the current Iranian year (started March 20)."