UN to hold Intl. Symposium on Sustainable Tourism in Iran

TEHRAN, Oct. 07 (MNA) – Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization deputy-head for tourism has said the UN will hold International Symposium on Sustainable Tourism in Tehran.

Morteza Rahmani Movahed, who was speaking in a press conference in the Organization yesterday, told reporters that the symposium would bring together UN economic and social affairs section and Iran’s Foreign Ministry, where representatives of World Tourism Organization and World Bank would also attend.

The symposium, Rahmani Movahed added, would be held on October 14-16, with the objectives of information exchange and sharing, analysis of existing trends in regional and international tourism, current demands for tourism and alternative perceptions to change marketing strategies, and identifying tourism hubs with potentials for attracting international participation.

“The symposium is held in line with signatories’ commitments to implement closing statement by the UN conference held in 2012 on boosting investments on sustainable tourism,” the official told the press. “Iran’s permanent envoy to the UN had proposed the symposium in the sidelines of Ecotourism, Detoxification, and Environment Protection Meeting and the signatories agreed to hold the international symposium,” Rahmani Movahed added.

“Following the changes in top management in the Organization, the hosting of the symposium was communicated to the head of the Organization, to which the International Affairs Office agreed; however, the lack of the preliminary preparations, symposium was postponed to October 14-16,” he said. “In the symposium, UN Secretary-General, UN economic and social senior management staff, the heads of tourism organizations in Iran’s target countries, UN’s residing envoys in Tehran, Asia-Pacific Regional head, top OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) representatives and the World Bank envoy will participate,” he said.

Rahmani Movahed also asserted that it was the first such symposium when the UN participates. “About $30,000-45,000 has been the expenses of the symposium, and part of the costs would be paid for by guests; some other part of the expenses have been provided by the Foreign Ministry,” he said.

By Mehr News Agency

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