Loans to Develop Desert Tourism

Loans to Develop Desert Tourism
Loans to Develop Desert Tourism

According to the head of the regional office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Abbas Motevali, the organization is offering loans worth 1 billion rials ($30,000) to help develop desert tourism in Aran va Bidgol in Isfahan Province, ISNA reported.

Following a visit from officials at the central office of ICHHTO, who toured the Maranjab Desert and assessed the town’s historical buildings-cum-ecolodges, it was decided to grant the loans at 4% interest rate to support the development of existing facilities and construction of new eco-lodges, Motaveli said.

“So far, 4 projects are slated to receive funding from the ICHHTO.”

Due to the town’s proximity to Kashan - a tourist hub – Aran va Bidgol can accommodate tourists who visit Kashan, since the city suffers from lack of hotels, the official suggested.  

Aran and Bidgol is a desert town located 12 km northeast of Kashan. Home to around 55,000 people, the town originally consisted of two adjacent but separate settlements; one called ‘Aran’, the other ‘Bidgol’. The town is known for its desert landscapes and the Maranjab Caravansary - which used to cater to weary merchants traveling on the Silk Road – among others. Visitors can also arrange for camel treks and tour the surrounding desert.