October 2018

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

Financial Tribune

Iran revives several Persian Gulf cruises to boost tourism

Iran Boosts Marine Tourism to Attract More Foreign Travelers

Iran Boosts Marine Tourism to Attract More Foreign Travelers

Iran has mostly capitalized on its southern ports on Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Plans are also underway for northern Iran that borders the Caspian Sea.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/economy-travel/94138/iran-boosts-marine-tourism-to-attract-more-foreign-travelers

Financial Tribune

To counter Trump, Iran stops stamping passports

Iran Relaxes Visa Process to Incentivize Foreign Tourists

Iran Relaxes Visa Process to Incentivize Foreign Tourists

The most important initiative Iran has concocted to boost tourism in recent months aims to eliminate official stamps put on visas of foreign tourists visiting the country.

Also keeps expanding visa-on-arrival agreements.

Burnaby Now

Canadian Travel agent fined for arrogant mistake that stranded family in Iran

Travel agent fined for flight flub that stranded family in Iran

Travel agent fined for flight flub that stranded family in Iran

A travel agent has been ordered to pay over $1,100 after a ticket mishap led to a family being stranded in Iran and missing their two-year-old’s birthday party. Last fall, Arman Aria and Azadeh . . .

Source: www.burnabynow.com/news/travel-agent-fined-for-flight-flub-that-stranded-family-in-iran-1.23450805

Iran Front Page

Weak Iranian Currency Boosts Foreign Visits by 50%

Number of Tourists Visiting Iran Increases by 50%

Number of Tourists Visiting Iran Increases by 50%

A senior Iranian official says the number of tourists who visited Iran in the first six months of the current Iranian year (started March 21) rose by 51 percent compared to the same period in the past year, and that cheap prices is expected to lure more tourists.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/number-of-tourists-visiting-iran-increases-by-50/

Financial Tribune

Luxury Train en Route to Iran for ‘Heart of Persia’ Tour

Luxury Train en Route to Iran for ‘Heart of Persia’ Tour

Luxury Train en Route to Iran for ‘Heart of Persia’ Tour

The 17th Golden Eagle train is scheduled to arrive at Sarakhs Border Crossing, Iran’s frontier with the neighboring Turkmenistan, on October 7, from where it will enter the Iranian territory for a two-week “Heart of Persia” tour. “The train that set off from Russia will arrive in Iran empty on Sunday and will be in Tehran on Monday. The 52 foreign passengers from Australia, Germany, Italy, Singapore, the US, Malaysia and Russia, whose flights will have landed in Tehran by then, will board the Golden Eagle on Tuesday and head on a journey from the capital to Mashhad, Kerman, Rayen, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, Arak, Shushtar, Shush, Veresk and Pol Sefid and back to the capital. After the tour ends, the train will head back, again empty, to Russia.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/economy-travel/94220/luxury-train-en-route-to-iran-for-heart-of-persia-tour

September 2018

Financial Tribune

Iran Gov’t Closes Down Dozens of Travel Agencies Over Illegal Price Hikes

Iran Gov’t Closes Down Dozens of Travel Agencies Over Illegal Price Hikes

Iran Gov’t Closes Down Dozens of Travel Agencies Over Illegal Price Hikes

At least 26 travel agencies operating in Iran’s capital have had their licenses revoked due to unlawful operations, as tourism authorities are tightening their oversight following severe public backlash. “These agencies had various complaints against them, in addition to flouting regulations. Therefore, we issued several warnings to them and were trying to resolve their issues, but we had to legally revoke their licenses because they remained indifferent to the warnings,” Shahram Alimohammadi, the head of tourism division of Tehran office at Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, said.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/economy-travel/94111/iran-govt-closes-down-dozens-of-travel-agencies-over-illegal-price

BitcoinExchangeGuide.com

Bitcoin Firm Aims to Alleviate Iran’s Cash-only Tourism Economy

IranbyBit Uses Bitcoin In Order To Increase Tourism In The Iran Economy And Country

IranbyBit Uses Bitcoin In Order To Increase Tourism In The Iran Economy And Country

The Iranian travel startup known as IranbyBit allows travellers to Iran pay for services by bitcoin to alleviate the inability to use credit cards or ATMs inside Iran due to international sanctions.

Source: bitcoinexchangeguide.com/iranbybit-uses-bitcoin-in-order-to-increase-tourism-in-the-iran-economy-and-country/

Financial Tribune

Iran no longer stamps the passports of foreign visitors

New Initiative to Counter US Travel Ban on Iran Visitors

New Initiative to Counter US Travel Ban on Iran Visitors

Iran no longer stamps the passports of foreign visitors to eliminate complications of travel to the United States. Visitors to Iran, including Europeans, could face scrutiny from US immigration officials when they have an Iranian stamp in their passports. So Iran is no longer stamping to eliminate that threat. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the measure, which entails the issuance of electronic visas for foreign tourists, to all Iranian consulates and domestic airports.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/93990/new-initiative-to-counter-us-travel-ban-on-iran-visitors

Tehran Times

Over 1,200 foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Yazd

Over 1,200 foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Yazd

Over 1,200 foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Yazd

A total of 1,235 international tourists visited Iran’s central Yazd province in the first ten days of the month of Muharram (Sep. 11-20), during which millions of Iranians commemorated martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his loyal companions.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/427801/Over-1-200-foreign-tourists-spectate-Muharram-rituals-in-Yazd

Tehran Times

Hottest place on earth: Iran to hold ultramarathon to promote tourism

Hottest place on earth: Iran to hold ultramarathon to promote tourism

Hottest place on earth: Iran to hold ultramarathon to promote tourism

A total of 18 runners from Italy, Germany, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and Iran are to run the ultramarathon September 29 to October 7 in Lut Desert, known as one of the hottest places on earth.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/427807/Hottest-place-on-earth-Iran-to-hold-ultramarathon-to-promote

CNBC

Iran had big plans for tourism, then the US reintroduced economic sanctions

Iran had big plans for its tourism industry, then the US reintroduced economic sanctions

Iran had big plans for its tourism industry, then the US reintroduced economic sanctions

Tourists are shying away from Iran, while locals are not spending their money either, both of which have had a negative effect on the country’s economy. “(We are) simply preparing for the dark storm clouds looming in the horizon. … And they are coming, if you ask me. They come with the winter clouds.”

Source: www.cnbc.com/2018/09/19/iran-had-big-plans-for-its-tourism-industry-before-economic-sanctions.html