TEHRAN – The western province of Kordestan will host an online seminar on Tuesday to discuss the challenges of ecotourism in the region, the deputy chief of tourism said.
Ecotourism enthusiasts, nature lovers, tour operators, cultural heritage experts, academics and owners of eco-lodge units are invited to attend the event, Arman Vatandoust said on Sunday.
The challenges of creating eco-lodges and their management needs will be discussed at the event, the official added.
As a four-season country with pristine and beautiful nature in different parts of the country, Iran has a lot to offer for nature lovers and eco-tourists.
Eco-lodge units in rural areas and deep in nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, smoke and pollution, could free people from the chaos and turmoil of modern life.
In recent years, several historic mansions and rural houses across the country have been converted into eco-lodge units to attract more domestic and foreign tourists.
The houses represent the indigenous culture, customs, traditions and local histories, while guests are served delicious cuisine using local ingredients.
The growing tendency of tourists to experience indigenous and local cultures made them want to get closer to natural and indigenous living conditions, experiencing the old-fashioned way of life, given that staying in these eco-lodges is much less expensive than other accommodation centers. .
Last January, the director of the Research Institute for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Behrouz Omrani, announced that Iran had built hundreds of eco-friendly guesthouses over the past two years to meet demands from growing eco-travelers and tourists.
“At the moment, the publication of guidelines for the development of ecotourism is on the agenda. Historic villages are among the target destinations for the development of ecotourism, ”said the official.
Iran’s tourism body said in 2018 that 2,000 eco-lodges would be built across the country until 2021. Experts say each eco-lodge unit generates jobs for an average of seven to eight people, from so the program could create 160,000 jobs.
With a very diverse natural setting, Iran offers various excursions for nature lovers. Tourists can live with a nomadic or rural family or enjoy an independent stay. The country is home to many historic mansions, caravanserais, public baths, madrasas and other massive monuments, which can strengthen its nascent tourism and hospitality sectors if properly managed and properly renovated.
The name Kordestan refers to the main inhabitants of the region. After the Turkish invasion of Iran in the 11th century CE (Seljuq period), the name Kurdistan was applied to the region comprising the northwestern Zagros mountains. It was during the reign of Abbas I the Great of the Safavid dynasty of Iran (1501-1736) that the Kurds rose to prominence, having been enlisted by Abbas I to help stem the attacks of marauding Uzbeks from the east at the beginning of the 17th century.
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