Despite the hosting of UNESCO sites, the tourist potential of Kerman is still unknown
TEHRAN – Despite being home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kerman province is not yet a giant tourist destination, the provincial tourism chief has announced.
“Further efforts should be made to promote the vast southern province of Kerman as a tourist destination for domestic travelers and foreign tourists,” Fereydoun Fa’ali said on Tuesday, IRNA reported.
Despite its world-famous attractions, diverse and inviting climates and conditions, this province is not as popular as it should be, the official added.
“It is important that the public and private sectors participate in making Kerman a new destination and a new market for tourism, given its seven World Heritage sites and its various capacities, including the citadel of Bam, listed by the ‘UNESCO. “
In addition, tourism infrastructure across the province needs to be improved, he concluded.
Bam and its cultural landscape, classified by UNESCO, are located at the southern limit of the Iranian high plateau, in the province of Kerman, near the Pakistani border. It is highly regarded as an outstanding example of an ancient fortified settlement.
According to UNESCO, the origins of the citadel go back to the Achaemenid period (6th-4th centuries BC) and even beyond. The ensemble was also at the crossroads of important trade routes at its peak between the 7th and 11th centuries. The massive fortress and its surroundings were almost completely destroyed by a devastating earthquake on December 26, 2003.
The large and sprawling province of Kerman has been a cultural melting pot since ancient times, mixing Persians and inhabitants of subcontinent tribes. It is home to a myriad of historic sites and scenic landscapes such as the Bazaar-e Sartasari, Jabalieh Dome, Ganjali Khan Public Baths, Malek Jameh Mosque and Shahdad Desert to name a few.
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