November 2018

Lonely Planet

A new company will lead you as you cook your way through Iran

A new company will lead you as you cook your way through Iran

A new company will lead you as you cook your way through Iran

What better way to explore a country than through its culinary culture? That’s exactly the way Persian Food Tours would like for you to explore Iran.

Source: www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/11/19/food-cook-tours-iran/

Mehr News Agency

First underground ecolodge in Middle East

First underground ecolodge in Middle East

First underground ecolodge in Middle East

Construction of the first underground ecolodge in the Middle East is being finalized in Garmsar county, Semnan province, central Iran. The complex consists of a stronghold on the surface and an underground city which has been dug up some 8 meters below surface using 4,330 workers during one year. The underground ecolodge enjoys 15 rooms, a big hall and spectacular corridors in which one can see the traces of hand tools used for caving. The ecolodge has not yet been officially inaugurated.

Source: en.mehrnews.com/photo/139768/First-underground-ecolodge-in-Middle-East

Tehran Times

New travel book details destinations in Iran

New travel book details destinations in Iran

New travel book details destinations in Iran

A book entitled “Iran Travel Guide”, which details hundreds of destinations in Iran, has recently been published in Tehran.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429202/New-travel-book-details-destinations-in-Iran

October 2018

Iran Front Page

Iranian Woman Abandons City for Ecolodge in Remote Village

Iranian Woman Abandons City to Breathe Life into Remote Village

Iranian Woman Abandons City to Breathe Life into Remote Village

Raheleh Ahmadi is an Iranian woman who has given up living in the city and departed for a remote village to turn it into an ecotourism destination, providing inspiration for the local women.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/iranian-woman-abandons-city-to-breathe-life-into-remote-village/

UChicago News

Oriental Institute helps return stolen Persepolis artifact to Iran

Oriental Institute helps in return of stolen Persepolis artifact to Iran

Oriental Institute helps in return of stolen Persepolis artifact to Iran

The Persian guard relief is repatriated to the Islamic Republic of Iran on Sept. 4, 2018 in New York City.  The case sets an important precedent. “It’s vital for scholarship to be oriented to protect sites like this, especially when one has been so extensively plundered for 100-plus years, as this one has.”

Source: news.uchicago.edu/story/oriental-institute-helps-return-stolen-persepolis-artifact-iran

BBC

Iran’s fascinating way to tell fortunes

Iran’s fascinating way to tell fortunes

Iran’s fascinating way to tell fortunes

The tradition of fal-e Hafez has been practised in Iran and elsewhere in the Persian-speaking world, such as Afghanistan for centuries.

Source: www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181023-irans-fascinating-way-to-tell-fortunes

Radio Farda

Cheap Prices Fail To Attract Western Tourists To Iran

Cheap Prices Fail To Attract Western Tourists To Iran

Cheap Prices Fail To Attract Western Tourists To Iran

Although the cost of visiting Iran as a tourist has halved in the past six months, the number of Americans and Europeans visiting the country has dropped by 42 percent, according to Chief Executive of the Iranian Tour Operators Association Ebrahim Farajpour.

Source: en.radiofarda.com/a/cheap-prices-fail-attract-western-tourists-to-iran/29561676.html

CNN Travel

Anthony Bourdain let Iranians lead the dialogue

What would Bourdain do? How to honor the intrepid traveler’s legacy

What would Bourdain do? How to honor the intrepid traveler’s legacy

When Bourdain arrived in Iran, a country he said “Americans probably have the most contentious relationship with on Earth,” he didn’t seek to solve anything or to wrap it all up nicely in a one-hour episode.

Instead, he showed viewers what he saw, tasted and heard. Asking Iranians what their hopes were for their country, Bourdain let the people of Iran lead the dialogue.

Source: www.cnn.com/travel/article/honor-anthony-bourdain-legacy/index.html

Tehran Times

UNESCO considering designating Iran’s Hyrcanian Forest

UNESCO experts in Iran weighing Hyrcanian Forest

UNESCO experts in Iran weighing Hyrcanian Forest

A delegation of international experts has commenced assessing Hyrcanian Forest (also known as Caspian Forest) for its possible inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage list, CHTN reported.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/428914/UNESCO-experts-in-Iran-weighing-Hyrcanian-Forest

Tehran Times

Yazd to be first destination for “water tourism” in Iran

Yazd to be first destination for water tourism in Iran

Yazd to be first destination for water tourism in Iran

Yazd will be the first destination for “water tourism”, an initiative focused on visiting qanats and other water sources.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429004/Yazd-to-be-first-destination-for-water-tourism-in-Iran

Tehran Times

Iran’s tourism ranked 20th among in 2011-17 growth

WTTC ranks Iran’s tourism 20th among 185 in 2011-17

WTTC ranks Iran’s tourism 20th among 185 in 2011-17

TEHRAN – Iran’s budding travel sector has come 20th in the latest World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) report that has ranked performance of 185 countries over 2011-17.

The WTTC Travel & Tourism Countries Power Ranking accounts for foreign visitor spending (visitor exports), domestic spending and Travel & Tourism capital investment that is based on absolute growth seen between 2011 and 2017.

According to the report, which was released late in September, visitor exports in Iran grew at an average rate of 19.9% pa during 2011-17 with the strongest growth witnessed during 2013 and 2014, when a newly elected government adopted a looser visa policy.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429007/WTTC-ranks-Iran-s-tourism-20th-among-185-in-2011-17

CNN Business

New York Times shuts down Saudi Arabia tours; keeps Iran tours

New York Times shuts down $11,995 Saudi Arabia tours

New York Times shuts down $11,995 Saudi Arabia tours

The New York Times is shutting down three planned guided tours to Saudi Arabia as a result of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The paper will issue refunds on the 10-day tours, which included lodging in five-star hotels and started at a cost of $11,995 per individual.

Source: www.cnn.com/2018/10/15/media/new-york-times-saudi-arabia-tours/index.html

The Australian Financial Review

Why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Friendly locals, great food, stunning buildings: why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Friendly locals, great food, stunning buildings: why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Europe, the United States or Japan are where my husband and I usually try to head mid-year when cabin fever sets in. Last year, however, we opted for Iran.

A friend who had done an organised tour a few months earlier couldn’t stop raving about this off-the-tourist-trail nation of 81 million people.

Source: www.afr.com/brand/sophisticated-traveller/isfahan-shiraz-and-yazd-make-iran-a-mustsee-on-your-travel-bucket-list-20180913-h15bwc

Tehran Times

Cyrus the Great anniversary could become a tourism event

Aban 7th can be turned into tourism event, Mounesan says

Aban 7th can be turned into tourism event, Mounesan says

The seventh day of the seventh Iranian calendar month of Aban – the anniversary of the entrance of Cyrus the Great (r. 559-530 BC) into Babylon – can be turned into a tourism event, Iran’s tourism chief Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Tuesday.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/428401/Aban-7th-can-be-turned-into-tourism-event-Mounesan-says

AzerNews

Cultural ambassadors of 56 countries due in Iran

Cultural ambassadors of 56 countries due in Iran

Cultural ambassadors of 56 countries due in Iran

The western Iranian city of Hamedan will host 150 cultural elites and ambassadors from 56 countries in early October, IRNA reports.

Source: www.azernews.az/region/138414.html