In this period, average growth of tourism across the world was 4.6% and Asia had 5% growth in tourism; while the figure was 12% in Iran, Soltanifar told IRNA. Various historical monuments and diverse cultures and handicrafts across the country are indications of a high tourism capacity. Tourism is a driving force for provincial development, Soltanifar said. He attended the inaugural ceremony for the 2nd National Meeting of Iranian Tribes and Nomads, a permanent handicrafts bazaar and a riding club in Garmsar. Semnan enjoys different climates at the same time and has a rich, old history. “Due to attractions such as deserts and starry nights, Semnan should become a major tourist destination,” Soltanifar said.