German reporters, tourism activists discovering Iran’s attractions

June 13, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- A group of German reporters and tourism activists visited touristic attractions of Iran’s central city, Yazd.

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization invited the German delegation to introduce Iran’s attractions to them.

Representatives from Germany’s Stuttgart Daily, Stern magazine, ARD (broadcaster), SKR Travel Agency and other media outlets arrived in Yazd on Thursday.

They paid visit to the historical sites of the city as well as Jame Mosque of Yazd, Dowlatabad Garden, Zoroastrian’s Tower of Silence and Fire Temple,Amir Chakhmaq Complex during their sojourn.

They left the city for the historical Abyaneh Village in Kashan on Friday noon.

According to UNESCO, Yazd is one of the oldest towns in the world - every visitor should spend a few hours getting completely lost in this living museum.

Look out for the tall wind-towers (Badgirs) on rooftops, designed to catch even the lightest breeze and direct them to underground living rooms. In the hot summers they are very necessary, and healthier than modern air-conditioning.

The building styles are simple, traditional and quite exotic compared with the uniformity of most of the other large towns of Iran. The town is the color of clay, from the sun-dried bricks.

--------------- Iran’s Tourism industry is blooming!

In mid April 2015, chairperson of the German Federal Parliament Tourism Committee Heike Brehmer announced that her country is Germany is ready to invest in Iran’s tourism industry.

According to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015 conducted by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Iran is the most affordable country for tourists amongst the 141 countries.

Egypt appeared on the second rank and the next country is Indonesia. Price Competitiveness in the Tourism and Travel Industry is the lower costs related to travel in a country increase its attractiveness for many travelers as well as for investing in the T&T sector.

Iran made it onto the top destination lists of major publications such as The Financial Times and The Guardian last year thanks to sights that include 2,500-year old ruins at Persepolis near Shiraz and 16th-century Islamic architectural gems in Isfahan.

Iran is home to some of the world’s most magnificent historical and archaeological sites. Relics of a proud ancient civilization include: Persepolis, the capital of the largest empire that the world has ever seen; the city of Isfahan; Shiraz, the city of love and poetry; and Hamadan, where Avicenna, the father of early modern medicine, is buried.

UNESCO has declared 16 world heritage sites in Iran, which was historically referred to as Persia in the west until the 20th century.

PHOTO: Yazd is in the color of clay, from the sun-dried bricks (Photo: Iran Daily)