Published on : Monday, January 8, 2018
Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Ali Asghar Mounesan, Majlis First Deputy Speaker Masoud Pezeshkian, Governor General of East Azarbaijan Majid Khodabakhsh, Mayor of Tabriz Iraj Shahin-Baher and several ambassadors of Muslim countries attended the ceremony, which had the performances of plays and folk music and dance.
Speaking during the event, the culture minister underscored the significance of Tabriz that has made it eligible for the nomination. He said that it can be a model for other cities.
To quote Salehi, “Tabriz has been a bridge through which the Iranian culture has crossed over to the world.”
Salehi noted that Tabriz will represent Iran at the international level as a symbol of “artistic and cultural diplomacy”.
The ICHHTO chief also addressed the ceremony and emphasized that the 2018 event is not the ultimate goal but a starting point for further development of Tabriz’s tourism.
He noted that East Azerbaijan is among the top five destinations in Iran and has hosted some 300,000 foreign tourists in the first half of the current Iranian year (started March 21, 2017), which marks a 6% increase compared with the same period last year.