0157 GMT December 01, 2022
The president made the statement at the National Museum of Iran on Monday as part of the process of supervision of executive bodies, and in the presence of Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Ezzatollah Zarghami and directors of the ministry.
Raeisi listened to the one-year performance report of this collection and gave guidelines for improving the qualitative and quantitative performance of the ministry, president.ir wrote.
At the beginning of his speech, the president congratulated the audience on National Tourism Week, thanked the hard workers of this sector and said, “Considering that the tourism sector was one of the sectors that suffered the most from the spread of the coronavirus, it is necessary that now, after the spread of this disease has been contained, these sectors are supported to compensate for their losses”.
He added that family-oriented tourism, abolition of tourist visas with certain countries, facilitation and support of the private sector investment in the tourism sector, by granting loans and facilities, are among the necessary measures for the development and prosperity of tourism.
Raeisi considered it important to introduce the cultural and historical heritage of the country and said, “Make the people and the young generation acquainted with the rich and ancient history of the country by using knowledgeable tour guides with exciting and proud narratives of the cultural heritage in order to convey great cultural concepts in this way.”
Referring to the three important missions of the ministry in the fields of cultural heritage, tourism and handicrafts, the president said, “Cultural heritage has important tasks in the field of identification, registration, restoration and maintenance, while introducing cultural and historical heritage.”
Emphasizing that if cultural works are not used, they would fade into oblivion, he added, “The continuity of life and effectiveness of cultural and historical works depends on the correct and proper use of these works and the possibility of people visiting and using them”.
“Determining the protected areas of cultural and historical works is very important and sensitive, but care must be taken that the determination of this area does not cause disruptions in business and people’s livelihoods”.
Referring to the importance of the protection of cultural and historical monuments and sites, attracting people’s participation, and giving space to the private sector under the supervision of the Tourism Ministry, the president considered it a suitable way to compensate for the lack of manpower in this sector.
Approving the plan of the Tourism Ministry to develop thousands of museums, Raeisi said, “This measure will make the discovered historical and cultural works that are symbols of the rich and ancient history and civilization of Iran, instead of remaining in warehouses, be exposed to the public and especially to the young generation”.
Ayatollah Raeisi referred to the tourism department of the ministry, adding, “The prosperity of the tourism industry activates the tourism economy, and in addition to the significant financial turnover and great potential for creating employment, there is also a huge cultural burden”.
Emphasizing the necessity of reforming the process of investing in tourism, the president urged tourism officials to support applicants in the sector, not just by granting licenses, but by removing obstacles until they reach the point of being effective.
The president considered the capabilities of the country in the fields of health, huge and unique factories in large industries, as well as the existence of special geographical areas such as Hormuz Islands, Ashuradeh and Makran coasts as having very suitable capacities for creating special tourism and nature tourism areas.
The president further mentioned the missions of the handicrafts sector of the ministry and emphasized the slogan “Every house is a workshop” and said, “According to reports, more than 70% of the people involved in the handicrafts sector are women, and a large number of them are also breadwinners.”
Ayatollah Raeisi also described the plan of the Tourism Ministry to increase the number of handicraft markets from the current 500 to a thousand as a worthy target.