The University of Birjand in South Khorasan Province is hosting the first international conference on tourism in Lut Desert in eastern Iran, which is a UNESCO-inscribed and the world's 27th-largest desert.
The event consists of two programs; the scientific part of it is currently underway at the University of Birjand, and the second program includes a visit to the Lut Desert, widely referred to as Dasht-e Lut, on Thursday. According to the executive secretary of the conference, as many as 135 papers from the UK, Australia, India, Turkey, Italy and different parts of Iran had been submitted to the secretariat of the event, Mehr News Agency reported.
The conference focused on sustainable tourism and development of communities; tourism and local economy; attractions in Iran’s Lut Desert; sports tourism; geo-tourism; ecotourism; transportation and community development, among other topics.
The event aims, among others, to promote tourism in South Khorasan Province and increase the effectiveness of scientific education and the modern tourism technologies. A specialized economic and business diplomacy meeting is also scheduled to be held at Birjand’s Chamber of Commerce with a number of Foreign Ministry and Iran Chamber of Commerce officials in attendance.
The Lut Deseret is a large salt desert located in the provinces of Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. It is the world's 27th-largest desert, and was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List on July 17, 2016.