Pakdasht county in the southeast of the Iranian capital is planned to turn into a flower and plants tourism area, the county’s tourism chief has said. One of the most important agricultural hubs in Tehran province, Pakdasht cultivates more than 17,000 hectares, of which 1,500 are greenhouses. There are 1.2 billion cut flowers produced in greenhouses in the county each year, which are exported to different countries, the official added.
Turning into a tourism area could boost agritourism in the region as well as generate job opportunities and create sustainable income for the locals, according to him.
Back in September, Tehran’s tourism chief Parham Janfeshan said that plans are underway to promote agritourism in Pakdasht county. Pakdasht has high potential to attract nature lovers and sightseers as it embraces numerous gardens and flowerbeds, he added.
Agritourism is a relatively new branch of the travel industry in which tourists stay with locals in rural areas. Farm/ranch recreation refers to activities conducted on private agricultural lands, which might include fee-hunting and fishing, overnight stays, educational activities, etc.
To cite an example, we could refer to saffron farms in northeast Iran that are going to fame as a new destination for agritourism. Iranian Saffron is known as the “red gold.” Saffron is a magical ingredient in Persian culture, from aromatic foods and colorful desserts to physical and spiritual medicine.
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