6th int’l Silk Road meeting to be held in Iran by end of April

Orumiyeh, West Azarbaijan Prov, April 7, IRNA – A senior cultural official said here Thursday that the 6th meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Silk Road Task Force is slated for April 22-25 in this northwestern Iranian province.

Jalil Jabbari, head of the province’s cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism organization, said 35 countries are to attend the Silk Road meeting.

The Silk Road or Silk Route is an ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of Asia connecting the West and East.

The UNWTO Silk Road Programme is a collaborative initiative designed to enhance sustainable tourism development along the historic Silk Road routes.

According to the UNWTO website, it aims at maximizing the benefits of tourism development for local Silk Road communities, while stimulating investment and promoting the conservation of the route’s natural and cultural heritage.

Additionally, it is working to foster greater cooperation between Silk Road countries and regions, with the established aim of creating a seamless and memorable Silk Road travel experience.