A senior Iranian official says the literary heritage of Iran’s Khorasan Razavi province, due to its richness and diversity during the past centuries, is a real treasure that could result in high regard for Iran.
Mohammad Rahim Rahnama, Director General of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department of Khorasan Razavi Province, has highlighted the literary heritage of his province, which is located in northeastern Iran.
“The most important legacy of any nation is its literature. Literature is a manifestation of creativity and a symbol of self-esteem of nations and is part of the spiritual heritage of any country,” he noted, according to a Farsi report by the Miras-e Arya News Agency.
He stated that the tombs of Iranian poets and scholars, such as Ferdowsi, Omar Khayyam and Attar of Nishapur in Khorasan Razavi have always been among the main tourist destinations. He also expressed the hope that the development of literary tourism programs in Khorasan Razavi would encourage tourists to stay more in the country.
He called for a more important role by the University of Ferdowsi in the revival of literary tourism in Khorasan Razavi, adding that “Ferdowsi University can play a significant role in developing the country’s literary cultural heritage.”
“Literary tourism is one of the most compatible forms of tourism in accordance with the prevailing conditions in Iran, which, in contrast to other forms, faces less obstacles. Next to the religious tourism, health tourism and sport tourism, literary tourism can boost this industry across the country,” he underlined.
“Undoubtedly, the charms of literary heritage of Khorasan Razavi is of great importance in the Eastern civilization, and using its potentials can be attractive to the people around the world, especially to cultural tourism enthusiasts,” he concluded.
He also called for further cooperation between the tourism sector and the literary heritage hubs of the country, and noted that this is one of the priorities of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department of Khorasan Razavi.