Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017
Tour guides from all over the world are preparing to attend what is arguably the largest convention of its kind in Tehran later this month, and the Iranian officials are hoping to use this opportunity for promoting the Middle East nation as a preferred travel destination. The 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations’ Convention, which will be held in the Iranian capital from January 28 to February 1, would allow the world to see what Iran has to offer, starting from its ancient civilization, wonderful culture, diverse spread of food and the famous Persian hospitality.
Morteza Rahmani Movahed, tourism deputy at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization said that this event will be a great opportunity for them to showcase their hospitality. The convention is organized by the Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations and supported by ICHHTO. The event is expected to be attended by 300 tour guides from 45 countries and the numbers could even rise. Around 500 Iranian tour guides are also expected to participate.
To quote Arash Nour-Aqaei, the head of IFTGA, “The event provides a perfect opportunity for domestic and international tour guides to meet and greet.” The attendees will spend about two weeks in Iran and travel various cities and get acquainted with important attractions of Iran.
Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UNWTO is expected to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony. Before the convention, attendees will travel to the provinces of Alborz, Qazvin, Zanjan and Hamedan. The pre-tour has visits to the largest brick dome in the world at Soltanieh, Zanjan Province, and the tomb of legendary Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai in Hamedan. After the event, the attendees will visit Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd and Kashan. The participants will be flown to various destinations aboard charter flights by Meraj Airlines. The convention is also an opportunity for American tour guides to learn more about Iran’s tourism potentials.