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Simorgh, 2005 WTD Symbol in Iran




14 September 2005


Simorgh [or Sen Murv], the famous mythical Persian bird, has been chosen as the symbol of 2005 World Tourism Day, 27th of September, in Iran.

The suggestion was made by the committee set up in Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization to hold ceremonies of World Tourism Day in the country.

According to Shiva Pazhoohesh, a member of the commitee, the suggestion has been made due to the special status of Simorgh as a mythical bird in Persian literature. The bird is also a symbol of traveling, and therefore in accordance with this year’s WTD slogan: “Travel and Transportation: from the Imaginary of Jules Verne to 21st Century Reality”.

On World Tourism Day, school bells will be sounded for traveling and tour leaders will go to schools to hold talks with school children of their memories. Another program is to publish travel guides for children in which attractions of Iran will be introduced in a simple language with pictures.

Some negotiations have also been made with the Iranian television (IRIB) to have some special programs on tourism industry and traveling on 27th September.

Hotels will give special discounts to their guests and some efforts have been made to provide free access to museums, like the previous years, on this day.




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