IRNA / According to the words of the teacher and adventure tourism guide, Iran is an attractive, talented and young country for adventure tourism.
Adventure tourism is a very broad concept and has different levels and degrees; From jumping in a winged suit (Wingsuit) and skiing on uncut snow to drinking tea by the fire in the desert is part of adventure tourism and has its own definitions. There has been a lot of research in this field and there are different definitions. Some emphasize its dangerousness and some its remoteness, but as defined by the World Adventure Tourism Association (ATTA), “adventure tourism is a type of tourism that involves the discovery (and possibly the risk) of being accepted (and possibly risked). “Is real) and requires special skills and physical activity.”
Adventure tourism is any type of tourism that includes two of the three items of physical activity, cultural exchange or interaction, and dealing with nature. In this definition, it was emphasized that in adventure tourism, a person goes to the heart of nature to explore, while accepting the existence of risk and the possibility of danger, and undoubtedly, when participating in adventure activities, one must be physically prepared and have sufficient skills for it. Have activity.
Adventure tourism is divided into two categories based on the level of risk (Soft) and hard (Hard). In soft adventure tourism (Soft Adventure) the level of risk is low and anyone can participate in it and all interested people can Participate in this type of tourism; But Hard Adventure tourism is a specialized and professional activity that requires skills and equipment, the duration of stay in nature is longer and is usually done in a remote environment and only professionals can participate in it. کردن. P>
We are still at the beginning of the road in adventure tourism
Kianoosh Mehrabi, regarding the fact that Iran is an attractive, talented and young land for adventure tourism, said: “Iran’s amazing natural diversity made it possible to plan and implement various branches of adventure tourism in Iran.” Some countries do not have much natural diversity, for example, only forest or mountainous or desert areas, sea, etc., but the nature of Iran is very diverse and this has created the diversity and breadth of adventure and nature-oriented activities. >
Adventure tourism teacher and guide added: “Although Iran’s cultural attractions are very rich and attractive, but we also have more diverse and extensive natural attractions; However, we are at the beginning of adventure tourism and we are new, even in many branches, we are not yet familiar with the alphabet.
Many countries have advanced in adventure tourism and have a long history; European and American tourists have been traveling to different parts of the world for many years. Boating on rafting rivers was started by Europeans about 50 years ago in the United States and about 40 years ago in Nepal and India.
“Adventure tourism is an international category with its own characteristics and standards, in which legalism is very decisive,” said a member of the board of directors of the International Rafting Federation. For this reason, adventure tourism is very developed in European countries and the rate of accidents in them is much less than in Asian and African countries.
Mehrabi pointed out: With this capacity and diversity of nature, Iran is a young land of adventure tourism (Young Land of Adventure Travel), a very attractive and talented land for this tourism, but it is young and has a lot of work to do to reach the desired point for professional tourists. Let’s reach out.
He added: “Iran is so attractive for tourists that now, despite the Corona epidemic, a large number of foreign adventure tourists came to Iran through various methods, such as obtaining a health tourism visa, and now a group is present in Iran.” Of course, they were not attracted due to purposeful and intelligent advertisements, but based on their own research and personal interest, they came to our land.
The Chairman of the Sustainable Development Committee of the International Rafting Federation stated: The trips of foreign boats, skiers and professional mountaineers to Iran have been the result of their own research or they have become interested in traveling to Iran through other professional tourists. They want to either have a different trip or set a record in Iran in their own name.
We have done very poorly in attracting adventure tourists, better to say we have not done anything, in marketing only the historical cultural and tourist attractions of Iran have been advertised and introduced, we have not done anything yet to introduce adventure tourist attractions, even Natural tourist attractions have not been introduced to world tourists. Only occasionally at the show may one or two companies have done something that needs to be broader and more targeted.
Investing in eco-tourism and adventure tourism
“The result of several years of research by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the field of adventure tourism is that the most important source for adventure tourists to choose a destination is the Internet,” Mehrabi said. Tourism advertisements should be in such a way that when enthusiasts search for Iran in Internet search engines, images of Iranian nature are displayed first, if the names of Vietnam and the Philippines are searched on the Internet, several pages of amazing images of nature of these two countries before Everything can be seen. “We need to invest in the marketing and promotion of adventure tourism,” he said.
Iran’s cultural attractions are of interest to many foreign tourists and they know it well and are interested in coming to Iran because most foreign tourists travel to Egypt, Greece, Italy and visit Iran or Persia everywhere. Persia) is spoken involuntarily, stories are told, one end of which is Iran; Ancient Iran has always been influenced by these civilizations and tourists are interested in seeing this historical, ancient and cultural land.
Mehrabi said: “There is no such propaganda about cultural, historical and ancient attractions about Iran’s natural attractions, and a tourist who boats on a river in Brazil does not know that there is a deep and roaring river in Iran. Attractions Iran’s nature may be more attractive than cultural attractions and attract tourists. The adventure tour guide added: “A visit to a historical monument once or twice may be enough for a tourist, unless he is a researcher or a new discovery has been made about that monument.” But for example, in the case of Damavand ascent, for many climbers, it is the first ascent of the beginning of the road and they may ascend Damavand many times from different fronts.
Adventure tourism is a world of new and different experiences
“I have traveled to 60 countries, and I have visited many countries many times,” Mehrabi said. For example, I have traveled to India 23 times and experienced more than 30 trips on the Alakanda and Ganges rivers in northern India, but I am still very interested in sailing on these rivers again and experiencing new exciting adventure trips.
Member of the Board of the International Boating Federation in the roaring rivers stated: In our country more than 200 trips in Haraz River
Adventure tourism guide added: Nature and adventure tourism are different from cultural and historical tourism, a person who learns to ski not only once but almost every week to Disney Run goes and feels weird every time. Repetition and new experience is one of the features of adventure tourism, but this type of tourism is very abandoned.