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Vow to Support Ecotourism Sector

Vow to Support Ecotourism SectorVow to Support Ecotourism Sector

Iran's government has pledged stepped-up support for ecotourism development plans, including by offering low-interest loans to those keen on capitalizing on the natural attractions of rural areas.
"Backing for the development of ecotourism through offering loans is high on the government's agenda," Government Spokesman Mohammad Baqer Nobakht was quoted by IRNA as saying on Thursday. Owners of rural houses intending to turn their property into ecolodges take priority in the list of eligible loan applicants, Nobakht said. "We should pave the way for the rural homes to serve as accommodation."
Management and Planning Organization is in charge of monitoring the process of offering the loans. 
"Therefore, in case banks do not cooperate, this organization will step in to facilitate the payment of the loan until the last stage," Nobakht promised. The official also called on home owners that have not considered the chance yet, to start the project so as to help enable cultural exchange and generate revenue for the rural community.  Ecotourism is defined by the International Ecotourism Society as responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.

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