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Tehran to hold symposium on tourism and green investment

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TEHRAN – Iran is set to host the 3rd National Symposium on Tourism and Green Investment, focusing on green economy and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation in tourism.

The event, organized by the University of Science and Culture in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry and the tourism commission of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, will take place on June 18-19.

Previously, the green economy and investments in tourism were often seen as mere slogans to attract attention or remained within the realm of scientific hypotheses. However, the increased focus on this topic by the UN Tourism and its designation as the theme for World Tourism Day in 2023 has prompted greater attention, particularly in developing countries.

Arranged to take place at the Iran Chamber of Commerce in Tehran, the symposium, aims to fulfill the educational and promotional missions of universities with the support of the Iranian scientific tourism association.

It seeks to help facilitate the exchange of ideas among scholars and entrepreneurs, foster connections among tourism industry professionals, and collaborate with government bodies on policy-making.

Given Iran’s rich history and potential in the green tourism investments, the symposium seeks to develop supportive policies, network stakeholders, and back innovative ideas, paving the way for the growth of green tourism and increased investments.

Home to diverse natural landscapes and cultural heritage gems, Iran has already taken steps to promote green tourism, focusing on minimizing the negative impact of conventional tourism on the environment through sustainable practices.

Iran’s tourism industry can benefit from green tourism in several ways. Firstly, it can help diversify the country’s tourism offerings beyond its historical and cultural attractions. By highlighting its natural beauty and wildlife, Iran can attract a new segment of travelers interested in eco-tourism experiences.

Secondly, green tourism can boost local economies. Eco-tourism activities such as hiking and camping require local guides, porters, and other support staff, providing employment opportunities for people in rural areas. Additionally, eco-tourism can encourage the development of small businesses such as eco-lodges, organic farms, and handicraft shops, generating income for local communities.

Thirdly, green tourism promotes environmental conservation and sustainable development. By encouraging responsible tourism practices, such as reducing waste, conserving water, and protecting wildlife, Iran can help preserve its natural resources for future generations. Moreover, eco-tourism can raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable development practices within local communities.

Green tourism, also known as sustainable tourism, is a growing trend in the global tourism industry. It involves promoting environmentally friendly practices and supporting local communities to ensure tourism has a positive impact on the environment and society.

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