TEHRAN. The local tourism authorities want to improve agritourism infrastructure around the Gandoman wetlands in the southwestern province of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari, the head of the provincial tourism department said.
“To achieve this goal, private investors in agritourism are welcomed and supported in this region,” Alireza Jilan explained on Saturday.
Due to the location of the wetlands on a transit route connecting Iran’s central provinces with ports in the southwest and south, Gandaman has become a strategic location for investment, especially in the tourism sector, the official said.
Back in June, the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Crafts, Ezzatollah Zargami, said that the Gandoman wetlands have significant potential to become one of the centers of agritourism in the country.
The Minister added that this wetland has great tourism potential, especially in the field of bird watching.
However, the development of wetland tourism infrastructure should be carried out in accordance with the laws of the Organization for Environmental Protection, as well as with the preservation of the ecosystem, he noted.
A major part of attracting investors and facilitating their entry into the Gandoman tourist area, he said, is to provide local authorities with the necessary ground to support tourism investors.
“The Gandoman Wetland is one of the wetlands in the world and has great potential as a tourist attraction,” he added.
He stated that the nature of the Gandoman wetlands is the best object for foreign and domestic tourists, which is still not fully exploited.
Wetlands with an area of 1070 ha are located in Boruzhen County. It is one of the top five bird watching spots in Iran, especially in spring and autumn, and the most important permanent habitat for migratory birds in the country. The wetland is surrounded by eight villages.
Agrotourism and nature tourism enterprises may include outdoor recreation (fishing, hunting, wildlife exploration, horseback riding), educational activities (tours to canneries, cooking classes or tea or coffee tastings), entertainment (harvest festivals or dances in barns), hotel services (farm accommodation, guided tours or outfitter services), and direct sales on the farm (selection of goods or roadside stalls).
This is a relatively new branch of the tourism industry in which tourists stay with locals in the countryside. Farm/ranch recreation refers to activities carried out on private agricultural land, which may include paid hunting and fishing, lodging, educational activities, etc.
Experts believe that in addition to customer service jobs, agritourism pays special attention to the manufacturing sector, saying that agritourism is much more important and practical than other tourism industries, as it creates a new chain and diversity in production and services.
Agritourism is part of a larger industry called rural tourism, which includes resorts, off-site farmers’ markets, non-commercial agricultural tours, and…