Sep 22, 2015, 12:30 PM
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Cultural, tourism cooperation with Poland, Thailand

Tehran, Sept 22, IRNA - Iran plans to increase the number of tourists from Thailand, said Morteza Rahmani-Movahed, the deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourist Organization, according to the English-language paper Iran Daily.

In a meeting with Thailand’s ambassador in Tehran, Rasmee Chittham, he said that the expansion of tourism ties would be beneficial for both Iran and Thailand.

“Thailand is one of the most important tourism destinations in the world. It boasts of a great food diversity, natural, cultural and historical attractions as well as numerous types of crafts,” observed Rahmani-Movahed, adding Iran seeks an equilibrium in the number of Thai and Iranian tourists visiting each other’s country.

Pointing to the 9th International Tourism Exhibition, which is scheduled for February 2016 in Iran, Rahmani-Movahed said Iran’s tourism potentials would be showcased in the event and this will provide a suitable opportunity for Thai officials to get acquainted with Iran’s attractions.
The official said Iran has made it easier for foreign tourists to travel to the country. “Visitors can apply for short-term visas at Iranian airports,” he said.

The senior Thai official also called for organizing joint workshops and conferences to share knowledge in tourism sector.
He also called for increasing the number of direct flights between the two countries.

“Thailand has benefited from creative tourism projects including one which focuses on promoting rural handicrafts,” he said, adding based on the project every village has to introduce a type of craft.

In another development, Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Center and Rzeszów University of Poland agreed to cooperate in the fields of linguistics, archeology, preservation of historical sites and artifacts as well as anthropology.

The two sides will also cooperate in the preservation of natural attractions, expansion of ecotourism and revival of traditional arts.
Iran and Poland agreed to exchange students and organize joint conferences and meetings.