1203 GMT July 05, 2022
Pakistan is a country with a 220 million population and opportunities are available for its people to travel to Iran especially the city of Shiraz, the capital of southwestern province of Fars, said Vice President of the Travel Agents Association of Pakistan Seyyed Syed Yousuf Jamil Hussain Rizvi.
Speaking in a meeting with Seyyed Moayed Mohsen-Nejad, head of Fars Province’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, he called for signing sisterhood agreements between Shiraz and Pakistani cities of Lahore and Karachi, chtn.ir reported.
He added that Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad are the three most populated cities of Pakistan which have significant capacities to send tourists to Shiraz.
Rizvi noted that Iran enjoys significant potentials in the field of medical tourism, harboring hopes that identifying Iran’s health treatment capacity can help them motivate Pakistani patients to travel to Iran, especially Shiraz.
“Despite its unparalleled potentials, Shiraz isn’t well-known as a tourist destination among Pakistani people and efforts should be made to introduce the tourism potentials of the city to them.
Mohsen-Nejad, for his part, said that numerous religious, medical, cultural, historical and natural attractions, alongside several hotels and hospitals in Fars Province helped create a distinction between this region and other tourist destinations of Iran.
Thanks to the presence of Shah Cheragh, the holy shrine of Sayyed Mir Ahmad, one of the brothers of Imam Reza (PBUH) in Shiraz, the city can host a large number of religious tourists travelling from Pakistan to Iran.
He said Pakistani traders can make investments in medical and natural tourism sectors of Fars Province.
Referring to the existence of medical services such as organ transplants in Fars Province, he added, “We are hopeful that a direct flight will be launched from Shiraz to Karachi or Lahore. This will pave the way for Pakistani patients to travel more easily and obtain medical treatments in Shiraz.”