ECO to help to Kish Island tourism: KFTZ chief
10.03.2019- Kish, March 10, IRNA – The managing director of the Kish Free Trade Zone said that Kish is going to use the capacities of the Cultural Institute of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in tourism and hold national and religious festivals.
How to do the cooperation was discussed in a meeting between the Kish FTZ Chief Gholam-Hossein Mozaffari with Head of ECO Cultural Institute Mohammad-Mahdi Mazaheri in Tehran.
Stressing the need to form ECO-Kish joint committee and accelerate opening of the ECO international cultural and art office, Mozaffari said, 'ECO's reputation in holding events is a valuable capacity for the island and through interaction with ECO member-states, we can expand halal tourism in Kish Island.'
Mazahari said in the meeting that establishing direct flights from Kish to ECO member-states' capitals and holding cultural nights of the countries in Kish Island would be an appropriate move towards expansion of Halal tourism.'
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of broadening economic, technical and cultural cooperation among member-states.
ECO is the successor organization of Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) which remained in existence since 1964 to 1979.
In 1992, the Organization was expanded to include seven new members, namely, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. The date of the Organization’s expansion to its present strength, 28th November, is being observed as the ECO Day.
Kish is a 91.5-square-kilometer (35.3 sq mi) resort island in the Persian Gulf. The island is part of Bandar Lengeh County, Hormuzgan Province, Iran.
Thanks to its free trade zone status and numerous malls, shopping centers, tourist attractions, and resort hotels, the island is named as a consumer's paradise. It has an estimated population of 26,000 residents and about 1 million visitors annually.