The 4th Annual Conference of Binalood Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad (ACOB 2019)
The conference was organized by Binalood Institute of Higher Education in Mashhad and the Iranian Association of Natural Tourism on 13 and 14 of December 2019 at Samen Hotel. The opening ceremony began with the speech of Mr. Alizadeh, the President of Binalood Institute and the Head of ACOB Policy, and continued with the Dr. Behzad Alizadeh, Head of the Institute and Executive Secretary of the ACOB Policy Council. Following the ceremony, Dr. Javaherzadeh, Dr. Kalai, Dr. Pejmanfar, Dr. Majidi and Dr. Dehghani gave lectures. At the end, Mr. Alizadeh, founder of the field of ecotourism in universities and institutes of higher education in the country was acknowledged. On December 13th, the reception started at 8:30 am and the opening ceremony started at 9:10 am. A total of 128 articles were submitted to the conference, of which 105 were accepted. Of these, 36 papers were presented as lectures in the form of six lecture panels focusing on the following topics:
o Tourism, Ecotourism, Management and Marketing
o Tourism, ecotourism and environment
o Ecotourism, spirituality and tourism diplomacy
o Tourism, ecotourism, urban and rural development
o Tourism, ecotourism, socio-cultural development
o Tourism, Ecotourism and the Environment (Case Studies)
30 Iranian ambassadors attended the conference having visited the production companies "Chinese Maghsoud, Shahsavand and Novin Saffron" which are in coordination with the Institute's industry liaison office.
Also on Wednesday, December 13th, a number of creative workshops were held in the morning and in the afternoon focusing on indigenous and rural communities. Also, the Impact Assessment Workshop on the development of resorts in natural and rural areas, welcomed by the community of managers, was held afterwards.
The closing ceremony was attended by Mr. Alizadeh, President of Binalood Institute of Higher Education, Mashhad, Dr. Valiati, Vice-Chancellor for Research, Dr. Behdad Alizadeh, Vice-Chancellor of the University, University Administrators and a group of tourism professors and experts from 6 to 8 pm. At the beginning of the ceremony, Dr. Farid Javaherzadeh, as Executive Secretary of the Conference, presented a report on the conference's executive process. Then, Dr. Ali Soltani gave a speech in the field of tourism. Afterwards, Dr. Teimouri, in charge of the Jury, read the Conference Statement and, at the end of the ceremony, acknowledged Mr. Ahmad Moghadas as a pioneer in the field of nature and Mr. Mohammad Tajran as a well-known figure in the field of nature.
The keynote speakers and workshop lecturers, the members of the Scientific Committee, the Jury, the top papers presenters, and the sponsors of the conference were awarded at the end of the conference. After the closing ceremony, at the invitation of the municipality of Shandiz, a banquet was arranged at Shandiz village where the conference chairman, scientific secretary, executive secretary, and ACOB policy council chairman, along with a number of tourism executives and executives attended it.
On the second day of the National Conference on Ecotourism, Culture and Tourism Development, 4 workshops were held in the morning and afternoon. The titles of the workshops are as follows:
Future Research Workshop on Tourism and Sustainable Development; Tourism Industry Development Workshop with Emphasis on Architecture; Tourism and Urban and Rural Development Workshop, and The workshop on Tourism Requirements of the Pilgrimage
These workshops were hosted by the community of experts, and about 150 people attended them.