Sunday, March 19, 2006

Iran's mullahs signed a huge agreement with BBC
Iran will soon present its tourist attractions in a publicity campaign to be waged in the international and local television networks, said an official of Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Foundation (ICHTF) in Madrid Wednesday.

"The publicity campaign will be in the form of advertisements introducing cultural, historical and development attractions of Iran," said Deputy Head of ICHTF for Cultural and Communication Affairs Alireza Sajjadpour.

Talking to IRNA, he referred to BBC, CNN, Germany's ZDF, al-Jazeera and al-Arabia as the international TV networks selected for introducing the tourist sites.

"We have signed a huge agreement with BBC," he added. He, however, declined to cite the contracts' details. READ MORE

Over 70 countries have been chosen as targets for launching activities to attract tourists to Iran, he said. The campaign will also include several local networks in these countries, Sajjadpour added.

In addition, two-week visas will be issued at all the major national airports for foreign tourists, which are extendable to one-month, he said.

"Furthermore, foreign companies which bring tourists into the country are eligible for some form of payments."

The official expressed hope Iran would turn into one of the 10 most attractive countries in the world in terms of natural tourist attractions and cultural sites through policies to be devised and envisaged within two five-year development plans. This will lead to an annual growth rate of 30 percent in tourist attraction.

Iran is not only a nation with rich historical and cultural sites, but also it has unique environment and nature, in which, four seasons of the year could be observed, he added.