January 25, The Iran Project – Iranian exhibitors take part in the 39th International Tourism Fair of Spain known as “Fitur 2019” which held in the Spanish capital of Madrid during 23-27 January, introducing Iran tourist attractions.
Iran is among the top exhibitors and displays 31 operator tours together with parts of the country’s potential, facilities and tourist as well as arts attractions.
The Fitur exhibition is one of the world’s major and important tourism exhibitions and it brings together 10,485 participants from 165 countries.
In the opening ceremony of Madrid exhibit, Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (CHTO) Ali-Asghar Mounesan and Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Reyes Maroto underlined expansion of Tehran-Madrid tourism cooperation.
The CHTO head told his host that “six million tourists visited Iran in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year of 1397 (started on March 21, 2018), while adding, “Iran is among top 10 countries worldwide in terms of tourist attraction and over recent years, expansion of tourism has been the priority of Iranian government.”
On the first day of the exhibition, Spain’s King Felipe VI accompanied by his queen visited Iran’s pavilion.
Durin inspecting Iran’s pavilion, Spain’s king held short talks with the CHTO head and expressed satisfaction over his visit, he also highlighted historical and cultural affinities between the two countries and also voiced his love for Iran’s live music displayed during his stay at the pavilion.
The Iranian official welcomed the visit of Spain’s king and briefed him on Iran’s tourists’ attractions and present a carpet tableau bearing an image of the king and queen as a gift to him.
Speaking on the sidelines of the International Tourism Trade Fair or Fitur 2019, Director General of the Public Diplomacy Department at Iranian Foreign Ministry Ali Pakdaman said the Exhibition of “Iran, the Cradle of Civilization” will be held in Spain, it slated for March 14 to September 1, will showcase 196 highly valuable ancient and historical artifacts, including 20 pieces of gold, an inscription depicting Darius I era soldiers and two statues.
Iran’s cultural consulate and Alicante archeological institute, east of Spain, will sponsor the exhibition.
Pakdaman said the exhibition will review Iran’s history from the presence of the first human being in Iran about 300,000 ago up to its welcoming Islam in the 7th century BC.
He added that the exhibition had already been held in the Netherlands
Mounesan arrived in Madrid on Wednesday to attend the annual 39th International Tourism Exhibition “FITUR 2019” (23-27 January).
The CHTO head told his host that Iran is fully ready to cooperate with Madrid in tourism and handicrafts.
He said six million tourists visited Iran in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year of 1397 (started on March 21, 2018).
‘Iran is among top 10 countries worldwide in terms of tourist attraction and over recent years, expansion of tourism has been the priority of Iranian government,’ he added.
Regarding Spain’s immense potential, tourism can be an important area for expansion of cooperation between Iran and Spain, added Mounesan.
Maroto said in turn that his country is fully ready for sharing tourism experience with Iran and implement related projects.