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    Iran moves up in travel and tourism competitiveness rankings - Tehran Times

    Iran - Iran moves up in travel and tourism competitiveness rankings - Tehran Times

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    Iran moves up in travel and tourism competitiveness rankings - Tehran Times
    Publish Date: April 12, 2017

    TEHRAN - Iran ranked 93rd out of 136 countries in the 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, jumping four positions in the biennial report released by the World Economic Forum.

    Published on April 5, the report reveals that Iran has preserved its topmost global rank in the “price competitiveness” category, which shows how costly it is to travel or invest in a country.

    The overall score given to the country points as 3.4 out of 7, up 0.1 from a previous edition released in 2015. Iran stands 8th in a Middle East ranking as well. 

    “Starting from different levels, Bahrain, Iran, Morocco and Algeria have all improved their security significantly, while Saudi Arabia has registered the largest regional improvement in health and hygiene,” the report says.

    Moreover, Iran comes 38th in the “cultural resources and business travel” category, 89th in “air transport infrastructure”, and 116th in “tourist service infrastructure”.

    To carry out such an in-depth analysis punctuated with very figures, WEF engaged global travel and tourism leaders of 136 economies across the world.

    A diagram compiled by the World Economic Forum shows Iran rankings in various categories relevant to the tourism industry in 2017.

    Iran also ranks 119th in the “environmental sustainability” category. The country fared poorly in the “tourist service infrastructure” and “prioritization of travel and tourism” categories, becoming 116th and 117th respectively.

    In the global ranking, Spain, France and Germany occupied the top three positions, making them the most tourism-friendly economies.

    Traditionally strong travel and tourism destinations, including Japan (4th), the United Kingdom (5th), the United States (6th), Australia (7th), Italy (8th), Canada (9th) and Switzerland (10th), have also made it to the top 10.

    The theme of this seventh edition of the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017: Paving the Way for a More Sustainable & Inclusive Future, reflects the increasing focus on ensuring the industry’s sustained growth in an uncertain security environment while preserving the natural environment and local communities on which it so richly depends.

    With countless natural beauties, deeply-rooted-in-time history and culture, as well as abundance of tourist sites, 21 of which have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Iran seeks to acquire greater share of the global tourism industry.

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    Abridged From: Tehran Times

                                 http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/412554/Iran-moves-up-in-travel-and-tourism-competitiveness-rankings


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    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.