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Geotourism in Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark, Iran: Shahrzad Khodayar

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Presentation to the Second International Workshop on the Business of Geotourism and Geoparks, 14th May 2018, Perth, Western Australia

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Geotourism in Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark, Iran: Shahrzad Khodayar

  1. 1. Geotourism in Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark, Iran Shahrzad Khodayar Master of Business by Research Candidate Supervisors: Prof. Ross Dowling, Dr. Gregory Willson
  2. 2. IRAN Tehran Qeshm Island
  3. 3. Qeshm Island
  4. 4. Qeshm Geopark
  5. 5. Qeshm Island • Population - 200,000 • A unique traditional culture • A Free Trade Zone
  6. 6. • 3,000,000 visitors annually • Women empowerment in tourism sector Tourism in Qeshm Island
  7. 7. Qeshm Geopark and Geotourism • UNESCO Global Geopark • 25 Geosites • Local involvement
  8. 8. What the Local People think about Geotourism / Geopark  An overall of happiness about the impacts of geotourism (93%)  Great awareness of positive economic benefits (72%)  Geotourism development has improved the physical appearance of Qeshm Island (77%) Also:  Residents negative attitude (11%)
  9. 9. Thank you “‫”سپاسگزارم‬

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