0946 GMT January 17, 2022
Kashan tourism is returning to the boom period, said an official from the central Iranian city in Isfahan Province, referring to the improvement of vaccination rates against the COVID-19 disease and changing the city’s disease status from red to yellow.
In an exclusive interview with Iran Daily, the head of Kashan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, Mehran Sarmadian, said all the accommodation centers in the city observe the health protocols, adding that the historical monuments reopened on September 18.
There have also been significant increases in visiting historic buildings open to the public, he said, adding that during the past eight months, 28,000 domestic and 298 foreign tourists have visited the city.
During the same period, over 32,000 domestic and 900 foreign tourists have booked accommodations, Sarmadian said.
Referring to the period since the coronavirus outbreak, the department chief expressed dissatisfaction with the tourism section in Kashan in those days, explaining that since most of the historic buildings were closed and despite increasing the city’s accommodation capacity to 2,525 beds, accommodation centers were operating with a capacity of 50%.
During that period, the number of tourists visiting the city decreased by 90% and accommodation decreased by 60%, Sarmadian said.
During the past Iranian year (which began on March 20, 2020), the number of domestic and international tourists was 100,000 and 220, respectively, and the number of overnight stays by domestic and international visitors was 37,000 and 550 respectively, he explained.
Describing Kashan as the cradle of civilization in the center of the Iranian Plateau, Sarmadian said 7,500--year-old civilizations are buried in the heart of the archeological Sialk Hills, which are of great cultural and historical value and reflect the long history of this land.
The official called the architecture of the buildings in the desert city of Kashan unparalleled, saying that the geographic and climatic situation of Kashan has distinctive characteristics.
Being located in a plain that leads to the desert from the north and the mountains from the south, and its proximity to Namak Lake (a salt lake located approximately 60km from Kashan) make this area attractive and spectacular for tourists and are important in the development of natural tourism, he concluded.