Count Down Begins to the Most Significant World Tourism Event in Iran

The "2017 WFTGA Convention", Presenting Iranian Humanity and Hospitality… 

The Convention Confirmed Seminar, The Deep-rooted Alliance Showcase 

The wrap-up meeting held on the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts & Tourism Org. auditorium, on 26 Dec 2016, to finalize the process and report the developments.   

Less than one month, Iran will proudly host 400 tourist guides from 45 countries. The Convention acts as an occasion to introduce Iran worldwide and IFTGA ambassadors will well done it.   

Morteza Rahmani Movahed, deputy head of the Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Org. fully cares the Convention, said in his speech: "Great workout is coming, hence our responsibility to protect it is on the rise day after day. Definitely the participants will talk years about Iran's attractions and Iranian etiquette and hospitality". "Tourist guides play an important role in the tourism industry and the Convention is the fruit of their mission. To touch the goals, governmental establishments support the convention", he added. 

"Wholeheartedly, all sections should have a hand in this national event, avoid opposition or hostility and warmly work to get the result", Rahmani Movahed emphasized. 

The 2017 Convention executive secretary, Mohsen HajiSaeed said in the 26th Dec seminar: "70 percent of the specialists assured that Iran selected in a most befitting manner. Fighting against Iranophobia and encourage people to travel Iran are the main purposes of us in this Int'l event".    

He also explained the goings-over through the Convention and added: "Thanks to the attempts of Iran's tourism Org., Mr. Taleb D. Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, will attend in the day of opening. All details are checked but still we need to get help from the airlines and linked agencies". 

Pre-tour, convention and post-tour's planning were also clarified with the presence of Director Generals of Tehran, Zanjan, Hamedan, Yazd, Fars and Isfahan Tourism organizations. The mentioned provinces are involved in the planning which will be held on Jan 25th – Feb 6th.

"High quality facilities, standard services and competitive capacities would be the achievement of the Convention", stated Ali Baqer Ne'mati, director of the Promotion and Marketing Office at Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. 

Registration for the event has started and over 300 foreigner and 111 domestic guides are in the list totally. Almost 250 Iranian Visa Codes are issued till now, 203 are accepted and others are on the process. With no trouble the invitees will get the airport visa.  

The event will absolutely lead to show the exact peaceful face of Iran to the world. Collaboration between the organizers controls every details. Full security and safety provide to the Convention guests from the start point to the last step, alongside with best sightseeing tours and conferences awaits them. 

Additionally, the 2017 WFTGA Convention' poster was unveiled during the conference. 

In the last part, executive members and the Head, Arash NoorAghaee, negotiated about the rest of the route. 


By: Mina Mehdinia 


Posted: 01/01/17

Train the Trainer and International Trainer Courses in Nicosia, Cyprus

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by Maria Aristidou

Posted: 11/30/16

WFTGA October 2016 Newsletter

Newsletter from the WFTGA President for the month of October. 
To download press here.

Posted: 11/02/16

Another Iran Convention related meeting by our Washington Member Maricar Donato

Our Washington Member Maricar Donato prepared another meeting related to our Iran Convention in January 2017: Professor Pardis Menuchehr gave a presentation of the major Iran sites to the visitors at the Elliott School of International Affairs.
© Maricar Donato, MTA, CMG

Posted: 10/24/16

A Hands on Training (HOT) is running presently at the GU Tech University in Oman

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17th WFTGA Convention Iran Newsletter - Online Registration is Open

Registration deadlines, IFTGA scholarship, Pre- & Post Tours, Visa regulations and more in the Newsletter!

Posted: 08/23/16

UNTWO World Tourism Day Campaign 2016

For further information please visit UNWTO website

Posted: 07/01/16

The Executive Board of World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations reminds colleagues from all over the world of the Jane Orde Scholarship.

Since the inauguration by Past President Deborah Androus in 2000, this scholarship invites any participant who comes from a country of World Bank Tier 3 or 4 or 5* to join the WFTGA convention; it might be a partial or full scholarship on the admission fee. The application welcomes any WFTGA member tourist guide and/or any qualified tourist guide from non-member countries who would like to join the 17th WFTGA Convention in Tehran, Iran in January 28th – February 1st, 2017.


Please fill in the form, scan and send with equivalent documents to E-mail: Deadline July 31st, 2016


*check on your country World Bank Tier in    

Posted: 06/20/16

WFTGA Hands On and Train the Trainer Course delivered in WFTGA International Training Centre in Yerevan Armenia

WFTGA Hands On and Train the Trainer Course delivered in WFTGA International Training Centre in Yerevan Armenia, from 31st March till 12th April 2016, by WFTGA Lead Trainer Mary Kemp Clark, in cooperation with Armenian Guild of Guides and Yerevan State University, and supported by Tourism Department at Ministry of Economy of Republic of Armenia

Posted: 04/04/16
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