TEHRAN – Qom has recorded some 110,000 visits to its tourist attractions and recreation centers since the beginning of the current Iranian year (started March 21), the province’s deputy governor has said.
90% of the province’s accommodation centers were occupied during the first half of the New Year holidays, and 60% were filled during the second half, Abolqasem Moqimi said on Friday.
The delay in the construction and introduction of tourism and pilgrimage capacities is one of the problems preventing travelers from staying in Qom, the official added.
Many of Qom’s attractions, such as its art and history, have not been brought to the attention of citizens and travelers despite their enormous ability to attract tourists, he noted.
The development and prosperity of Qom’s tourism capacities is imperative, but many tourism capacities across the province are completely closed and play no role in the tourism sector, he said.
The second holiest city in the country after Mashhad, Qom is home to both the magnificent shrine of Hazrat-e Masumeh (SA) and the main religious madrasas (schools).
Apart from tourists and pilgrims who visit Qom to pay homage to the holy shrine, the city is also a top destination for Shia scholars and students who come from all over the world to learn Islamic studies in its madrasas and browse the prominent religious bookstores.
Qom’s antiquity dates back to the Sasanian era (224 CE-651) and several historic mosques, mansions and natural landscapes have been scattered around the city as well as nearby towns and villages.
One of the most visited natural sites in Qom is Hoz-e Soltan, an eye-catching salt lake in the middle of the desert. Visitors could easily walk around the shallow parts and enjoy the shapes created by the salt, however, the center of the lake could be dangerous, as it is muddy and could easily trap people.