Full charter flight to cultural ambassadors devotes

Full charter flight to cultural ambassadors devotes

In line with the tourist guides Convention that can be mentioned as one of the most important tourism events, there was a concern about the support of airlines for Tehran routes to Shiraz and Shiraz to Yazd. Finally, one of the airlines devoted full charter flight to cultural ambassadors.
During the last week, there were several meetings between the airlines and the Convention Secretariat. Finally, on January 2nd, a memorandum of understanding was signed between IFTGA and Meraj airline to carry out flights for 17th World Convention of tourist guides.
According to this memorandum of understanding, an airbus 300-600 for full charter flight was devoted to cultural ambassadors of more than 40 countries.

Count Down Begins to the Most Significant World Tourism Event in Iran

Count Down Begins to the Most Significant World Tourism Event in Iran

The “2017 WFTGA Convention”, Presenting Iranian Humanity and Hospitality…

By: Mina Mehdinia

The Convention Confirmed Seminar, The Deep-rooted Alliance Showcase

The wrap-up meeting held on the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Org. auditorium, on 26 Dec 2016, to finalize the process and report the developments.

Less than one month, Iran will proudly host 400 tourist guides from 45 countries. The Convention acts as an occasion to introduce Iran worldwide and IFTGA ambassadors will well done it.

Morteza Rahmani Movahed, deputy head of the Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Org. fully cares the Convention, said in his speech: “Great workout is coming, hence our responsibility to protect it is on the rise day after day. Definitely the participants will talk years about Iran’s attractions and Iranian etiquette and hospitality”. “Tourist guides play an important role in the tourism industry and the Convention is the fruit of their mission. To touch the goals, governmental establishments support the convention”, he added.

“Wholeheartedly, all sections should have a hand in this national event, avoid opposition or hostility and warmly work to get the result”, Rahmani Movahed emphasized.

The 2017 Convention executive secretary, Mohsen HajiSaeed said in the 26th Dec seminar: “70 percent of the specialists assured that Iran selected in a most befitting manner. Fighting against Iranophobia and encourage people to travel Iran are the main purposes of us in this Int’l event”.

He also explained the goings-over through the Convention and added: “Thanks to the attempts of Iran’s tourism Org., Mr. Taleb D. Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, will attend in the day of opening. All details are checked but still we need to get help from the airlines and linked agencies”.

Pre-tour, convention and post-tour’s planning were also clarified with the presence of Director Generals of Tehran, Zanjan, Hamedan, Yazd, Fars and Isfahan Tourism organizations. The mentioned provinces are involved in the planning which will be held on Jan 25th – Feb 6th.

“High quality facilities, standard services and competitive capacities would be the achievement of the Convention”, stated Ali Baqer Ne’mati, director of the Promotion and Marketing Office at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.

Registration for the event has started and over 300 foreigner and 111 domestic guides are in the list totally. Almost 250 Iranian Visa Codes are issued till now, 203 are accepted and others are on the process. With no trouble the invitees will get the airport visa.

The event will absolutely lead to show the exact peaceful face of Iran to the world. Collaboration between the organizers controls every details. Full security and safety provide to the Convention guests from the start point to the last step, alongside with best sightseeing tours and conferences awaits them.

Additionally, the 2017 WFTGA Convention’ poster was unveiled during the conference.

In the last part, executive members and the Head, Arash NoorAghaee, negotiated about the rest of the route.

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

We hereby inform you that Sir. Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, is going to attend “World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations” (WFTGA) 2017 Convention. It should be mentioned that it is the achievement of submitting a request by “Iran Federation of Tourist Guide Associations” (IFTGA) simultaneous with being fully supported by “Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization” (ICHTO). We are rightly proud to announce that Sir. Taleb Rifai is one of the speakers at WFTGA 2017 Convention  opening ceremony.

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Taleb Rifai Attends WFTGA 2017 Convention

Kashan Optional Program!

Kashan Optional Program

With regard to the fact that some of the participants leave the country late night on February 6th or the following day, they can have a visit to Kashan on February 6th and 7th.

The Tentative Program:

February 6th

  • Visiting Fin Garden, a historic Persian garden, and Tabatabaeis’ House, a historic house
  • Having dinner
  • Staying at traditional Hotels
  • Transfer to the Airport

February 7th

  • Having breakfast
  • Visiting Tape Sialk, a large ancient archaeological site
  • Being familiar with tourism attractions in Aran and Bidgol: Nooshabad, an ancient underground city, having lunch including local foods and giving information about the Maranjab Desert
  • Visiting traditional textile workshops, the Grand Bazaar and Ameris’ House, Iran’s largest historic house and having dinner

According to your flight time, you will be provided with transfer service 3 hours before your departure.


  • Single (€110)
  • Double (€60/per Person)


It is recommended visiting Kashan. Submit your request to wftga2017@mondial.at



The small oasis city of Kashan is located in the Isfahan province of Iran and well-known for its traditional houses, one of which has been converted into a traditional hotel. This 7000 -year town is among the first human residences that now known as “DAROLMOMENIN”, city of believers, as it is a highly religious city where women mostly wear chadors.

Sialk Hills, which date back to about 7000 years ago, are located in south of Kashan close to Fin Persian garden, which is among those nine Persian Gardens inscribed by UNESCO in 2011.

A couple of historic houses such as Tabatabaei, Boroujerdi and Abbasian houses are among the attractions can be visited in the city center. All are turned into tourist attractions that have Biruni, the exterior area of the house, and Andaruni, the interior area of the house, courtyards. Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse is a great sample of traditional bathhouse with three main sections of Sarbineh, the dressing hall, Garmkhaneh, the hot bathing hall, and Miyandar, the area between these two. Its decoration and ornamentation make it to be considered amongst the best in Iran.

Ancient Kashan bazaar is a feast for the eyes of every visitor for its masterpiece Amin-al-Doleh Timche, in which there is still a small teahouse that people of all walks of life gather together to have tea. Qajar-era Mosque of Agha Bozorg which later become a theological school.

Noush Abad underground city and the Maranjab Desert are other sites are on the list of many visitors come to Iran. Niasar and its fire temple welcome tourists from everywhere during the Rose and Rosewater Festival annually. The Carpet Washing (Ghali Shuyan) Ceremony, which is a historical and religious one, is held at Mahshad-e Ardahal. The ritual was registered on UNESCO’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.

Kashan is known for its great handmade carpets. If you stay longer you may visit one of those Sharbafi (traditional silk textile handicraft) workshops in Kashan.

After an exciting day there is nothing better than a dish of local food. Gusht-o-Lubia (meat and bean) with Shefte Sumac are the iconic dishes of Kashan. Do not leave the city without drinking traditional extracts and enjoying the cookies.

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