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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Three - 04 May 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Eighty Three - 04 May 2023 - Page 4

Efforts underway to turn Sepidan into special tourism zone

Tourism is among the most diverse and largest industries in the world which can generate revenues and jobs for many countries.  Hence, with regard to the economic and social significance of tourism, it is called the engine of development.
Tourism in Iran boasts many tourist attractions and can become the most important source of foreign exchange earnings. But this requires proper and long-term planning, coupled with foresight.
Fars Province is among Iranian provinces that enjoy various tourist and historical attractions. The development of tourism has been proposed as one of the practical solutions to help the province diversify its sources of income.  Planners and policymakers in Fars Province have attached great significance to efforts aimed at promoting the tourism industry, IRNA reported.
Sepidan tourist attractions
The city of Sepidan is located in northwestern Fars Province and has considerable potentials in tourism. It is situated in the heart of the Zagros Mountains, which has cold winters and cool summers. Sepidan’s ski resort is one of the largest ski resorts in Iran, which covers an area of 500 hectares.  The city also has many tourist attractions including waterfalls and museums.
With regard to Sepidan’s great potentials, provincial officials have placed plans on the agenda to introduce it as a special tourism zone.  The governor of Fars Province has repeatedly stressed that the potentials of the province should be exploited to create revenues and jobs.  Mohammad-Hadi Imanieh has also attached significance to introducing Sepidan as a special tourism zone in his correspondence with the first vice president.
Sepidan hosts tourists
Sepidan not only hosts tourists during the Persian New Year holidays, but at all times of the year. The city has welcomed a large number of tourists since the start of this year (March 21).  Sepidan’s Mayor Mohammad Rezaei has said that travelers flock to the city in different periods of the year due to its geographical situation and abundant natural resources.
Sepidan MP Mohsen Alizadeh has also told IRNA that the establishment of a special tourism zone in the city is being followed up at the national level.
Alizadeh said efforts are underway to introduce Sepidan as a free zone and special tourism zone.
The lawmaker added that the Department of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Fars Province has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts to introduce Sepidan as a special tourism zone.
Alizadeh said the provincial governorate has corresponded with universities to encourage master’s and doctoral students to present a thesis on tourism.
The Sepidan MP noted that promoting tourism will definitely help generate revenues and jobs.


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