TEHRAN, Jan. 26 (MNA) – The director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Mohammad-Ali Najafi, met the president of Spain’s National Heritage agency, Jose Rodriguez-Spiteri, on Friday.

Najafi was fully briefed on the tasks of the agency and Spanish cultural heritage during the meeting, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Saturday.
 
With 1500 employees, the agency has been assigned the task of preserving historical sites including eight royal palaces and a number of monuments, Rodriguez-Spiteri said.
 
He said that the historical sites and palaces are maintained by revenues raised from selling tickets to visitors.
 
According to Rodriguez-Spiteri, 70 percent of the revenues are paid to the Spanish government treasury and the rest are allocated to the preservation of the monuments and other current expenditures. 
 
Najafi expressed pleasure in visiting the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) and added, “I am sure that you will be successful in your plans in the future.”
 
Najafi traveled to Madrid last week to visit the International Tourism Trade Fair -- FITUR 2014.
 
He also met UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in the Spanish capital during the visit to Madrid and discussed the expansion of relations with the organization.
 
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