Cultural Heritage Desk
Over 62 million tourists visited cultural, historical and tourist sties of Iran during the Norouz (New Iranian Year) holidays, said the deputy head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.
President Hassan Rouhani in separate messages to heads of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Uzbekistan congratulated the arrival of Norouz, the New Day festival, commencing at the beginning of the spring.
Norouz — the traditional Iranian festival marking the beginning of spring — was registered on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List on Wednesday, announced the head of the Registration Office of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Farhad Nazari.
Dossier for Norouz put forward by 12 countries will be proposed at the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for registration on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2.
Takht-e Jamshid, or Persepolis, in the southern province of Fars was the most-visited tourist site during the Norouz (start of the new Iranian year) holidays ― March 20-April 1― attracting over 456,000 tourists, said a senior official of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO).
Three Iranian cities which are the most ingenious in providing services to tourists will be announced during Norouz (March 20-April 1 , 2016), which marks the beginning of the Iranian New Year, said Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Masoud Soltanifar.
He added that the criteria for selecting the best cities would soon be made known.