The Prosperity of Historical Building Revival, a Consequence of People’s Will, Authorities’ Demand and Trustees’ Efforts
Moonesan, the head of ICHTO
This quote from the Vice President and the head of ICHTO bout the role of reviving historical buildings in developing the tourism industry is an indicative of the serious plans of this organization for development and growth in this area. In his recent interview with SABTA, he also has stated that paying attention to historical buildings and cultural heritage is among the main priorities of the organization.
Aloasghar Moonesan has also emphasized that paying attention to cultural heritage will help to prosper and develop tourism, and has added: “Nowadays, countries with limited history and geography produce artificial cultural heritage for themselves. Fortunately, our country, with its numerous historical buildings which is an indicative of its ancient history, is approved by cultural tourists.”
Moonesan believes that “cultural tourists – which are the main class of our incoming tourists – can produce a good income for our country”, and today, everybody knows that historical buildings are the main reason for the presence of these tourists in this country.
Tourists visiting the revived historical buildings can introduce the cultural aspect of Iran to the world.
Ali Motahari, is one of the key members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), and is now the vice president of the Majlis – however, this position has not marginalized his cultural concerns. He considers the presence of tourists as an agent to introduce our culture to the world: “tourists visiting the revived historical buildings can introduce the cultural aspect of Iran to the world and the prosperity of tourism and paying attention to historical buildings van have efficient cultural effects on introducing the real Islamic Revolution to the world.”
He believes that “reviving and restoring the historical buildings by the private sector – as a result of the budget limitation for the restoration of these buildings – is an effective strategy, which is now followed by the government.”
The partnership of the private sector is an effective strategy in preserving and maintaining the historical buildings.
Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, the Spokesperson of the Government
Nobakht, a member of the board of trustees in the Fund for Revival and Utilization of Historic and Cultural Places, in an interview after the Exhibition of the Revival Fund Achievements in the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) with the public relations department of this fund, pointed out that: “The partnership of the private sector is an effective strategy in preserving and maintaining the historical buildings.”
According to the spokesperson of the government, this effective strategy is the representative of “the partnership of people in the most important affairs of the country.” In this interview, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht reminded that “if exploiting the historical buildings and cultural heritages of the country is accompanied by partnership and assistance of the people, it can organize significant actions, the results of which will be observable in different areas.”
He also hoped that the Fund for Revival and Utilization of Historic and Cultural Places can connect people to the country’s cultural and historical heritages and provide the context for exploiting these places by people. He asserted that “legal backgrounds had been provided for the effectiveness of these actions, in order to realize the partnership between the Revival Fund and the private sector and people in optimum restoring, reviving and exploiting the historical buildings of the country in the form of delegations.”
The Generalization of the Entrusting Method used by the Revival Fund Can Lead to Success.
Masud Pezashkian, the vice president of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis), is one of the prominent figures of the country who has always supported the revival process of historical buildings.
Pointing out to the effectiveness and success of entrusting the affairs to people (the private sector) said: “the actions taken by the Revival Fund in reviving historic buildings shows that we will be successful if other affairs are taken care of through the same method. If the government wishes to do all the affairs by itself, it is bounded to failure; however, if the government wants to create prosperity in the country, it should entrust some of its tasks to the people (the private sector).”
In an interview with the public relations department of the Revival Fund, Pezeshkian pointed out to the supervisory role of governmental institutions in entrusting historic buildings and said that “worldwide experience shows that efficiency and economic productivity of the private sector is more effective. So, the more government entrusts affairs to people (the private sector), the more successful and more effective it will be. A lively and dynamic society can never neglects its history nor destroy it. Reviving the past can show us the road to a successful future.”
Finally, it should be noted that the movement started in the field of reviving historical and cultural buildings and places is the collective result of the efforts by all those people whose main concern is to promote the Name of Iran. So, if this process is to be continued, it needs the help from all experts, academics, practitioners, professionals, and media activists in this area and all the enthusiasts of historical buildings. It is hoped that by more synergy, the tangible results of this national determination can be seen throughout Iran.
Report: Hosein Saeedi