News ID: 321557
Published: 0948 GMT May 13, 2022

Markazi Province: A land with rich tourism assets

Markazi Province: A land with rich tourism assets

Iranica Desk

The central Iranian province of Markazi has a great tourism potential and due to its special geographical location, it is able to host a large number of Iranian and foreign travelers, said Ali-Asghar Shalbafian, the deputy cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts minister for tourism affairs.

Speaking on the sidelines of his visit to the province, he noted: “So far, the tourism economy has not got the attention it deserves in the province,” pointing out that efforts should be made to identify and introduce the tourism potentials of the region in the best possible manner, ISNA reported.

Several plans were devised to promote the various cities of the province as tourist destinations and help realize the objectives of sustainable tourism development.

The official said that Khondab, a city in Markazi Province, is a rich land in terms of agrotourism, thus several festivals are scheduled  to be held to introduce its potentials and make the area a destination for tourists from across the country.

Shalbafian continued that development of eco lodges is part of a plan drawn up to promote the city’s cultural and ecological attractions.

“Gerdu Valley, an area with amazing natural attractions and very pleasant climate, is located in the southern part of Arak, the capital city of the province,” he added.

Required facilities and infrastructures are prepared to attract investors to the region.

“It is a suitable place for the people of Arak to spend their leisure time,” he said, noting the city’s municipality and Islamic city council expressed readiness to cooperate with the tourism sector in this regard.

Special privileges would be granted to the investors who are willing to make investment in Gerdu Valley, known as an exemplary tourism region.

Referring to his visit to the historical bazaar of Arak, he said that it is gratifying that Arak has such a cultural and historical complex. However, enough attention has not been paid to the preservation and restoration of the valuable structure.

A budget would be allocated to the renovation of the historical bazaar, upon the order of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ezzatullah Zarghami.

He expressed hope that Arak would make the most use of its cultural, historical and natural attractions, along with its geographical advantage, to draw a huge number of visitors.

Located in the heart of Arak, the historical bazaar of the city is outstanding from an architectural point of view. It is a combination of modern and traditional architecture. It was registered on Iran’s National Heritage List in 1976.

Negin Shahkarami, head of Arak Municipality’s Department for Historical Texture, said earlier that various sections of the bazaar will be restored based on their usage.

She noted that that urgent repairs of its buildings and reinforcement of its structures, especially those located in the main row of the bazaar, are among the objectives of the department.

“The flooring project will also be implemented in the main passage and other sections of the bazaar in cooperation with the Roads and Urban Development Department of the city,” she observed.



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