February 2020

Independent (UK)

Iran and Uzbekistan, World’s 3rd and 4th fastest growing tourist destinations in 2019

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid Empire, now in Uzbekistan.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid Empire, now in Uzbekistan.

Top of the pack was Myanmar, which saw a 40.2 per cent per cent increase in visitors, followed by Puerto Rico (31.2 per cent) and Iran (27.9 per cent), although Iran is likely to suffer a drop in 2020 given the current political climate.

January 2020

Nikkei Asian Review

Hotels empty as tourists shun Iran over geopolitical tensions

A man takes a boat on a lake in a tourism area of Iran's Kurdistan Province.

Iran’s tourism industry hit by protests, plane shootdown and threat of war with US. All U.S. and Canadian travelers canceled trips to Iran after the downing of the jet, Hormatollah Rafiei, head of the Association of Air Transport and Tourist Agencies of Iran, was quoted as saying by Iran’s Labour News Agency. He added that 80% of bookings from Australia and 60% of those from Europe and Asia had been called off.

 

AFAR

What You Should Know About Travel in Iran—and the Rest of the Middle East—Right Now

Jameh Mosque in Isfahan, iRAN

As tensions escalate after the assassination of Iran’s top general, we turned to travel experts for advice on visiting the Middle East right now. In short, don’t cancel anything just yet.

Los Angeles Times

What treasures might be lost in Iran if war happens?

Iran in 1998

I can tell you what I’ve been thinking about: two strange, wonderful weeks in 1998, when I got to explore that country, camera in hand, during a brief upswing in Iranian-American relations.

Along with countless lives, the global treasures I saw then are what’s at stake now.

December 2019

Payvand

Tribal tourism gives a chance to discover another face of Iran

Tribal tourism in IranFor both domestic and foreign travelers, tribal tourism is all about opening eyes to new places, traditions, cuisines, beliefs, and ways of life. Also called ethno-tourism, ethnic tourism or tribe tourism, it lays the ground for you to feel indigenous people by living with a nomad or rural family or enjoying an independent stay. However, as the name implies, it’s a trip for recreational purposes rather than being an expedition for anthropological research!

November 2019

New Zealand Herald

Iran’s Islamic architecture among Lonely Planet’s ‘Wonders of the World’

The muqarnas arch of the medieval portal of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, famous for its stunning tiling, Isfahan, Iran.

This year, the guide is pivoting away from the well-trodden paths, selecting less famous man made wonders: the entwined tree bridges of Meghalaya in India, the intricate Islamic architecture of Naqsh-e Jahan in Iran, and the massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur in central Java.

Tehran Times

Fossilized tooth is first evidence Neanderthals once lived in Iran

Neanderthals visiting Iran

A fossilized tooth found decades ago in the Zagros Mountains, western Iran, proves that Neanderthals once lived in the country, ARCHAEOLOGY magazine, a publication of the Archaeological Institute of America, has said, citing it as one of the ten most important archaeological findings in 2019.

Tehran Times

UNESCO assessors to visit Uraman landscape in western Iran

Uraman landscape in western Iran, Kermanshah province

A team of experts affiliated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is scheduled to visit Iran assessing Uraman landscape for possibly listing of the historical region as a World Heritage.

CNN

US Citizens are welcome in Iran for now

Mount Damavand is Iran's highest peak and a potentially active stratovolcano.

Tourism in Iran has continued to grow, but a recent report by industry website Skift notes that American visits are dropping.

Iran Front Page

Iranian Tourist Embarks on Journey around World on Camel

Persian Bactrian camel
Persian Bactrian camel

An Iranian tourist has embarked on a trip around the globe on a Persian Bactrian camel in a bid to get this endangered species known to the world.Mohammad Amiri Roodan began this long, tough adventurous journey from the city of Meshkinshahr in Ardabil province, north-west of Iran.

Iran Front Page

Lut Desert Gorgeous Lake in Hottest Spot on Earth

The flooding which struck Iran’s southeastern Kerman province in early spring this year has created a beautiful lake in the heart of Lut Desert regarded as the hottest spot on earth.

October 2019

Asia Pacific Report

10 reasons why tourists must visit Iran

Some critics say that Iranian authorities since the 1979 Islamic Revolution spend far more and devote greater attention to the religious artefacts and buildings of Islam to the neglect of some historical sites. However, whatever the truth about that Iran boasts a never-ending range of impressive and attractive places to visit.

The tragedy is that not enough is known about the country’s cultural and historical wonders in the West because of the regime’s pariah political status and the refusal of many mainstream travel companies to run regular tours.

Asia Pacific Report

Travel advisories about Iran ‘laughable’

Frankly, this is laughable when you consider what New Zealand suffered on March 15 with a terrorist gunman killing a total of 51 peaceful worshipers at two Christchurch mosques being a far worse attack that either of the Iranian incidents mentioned on Travel Safe – in Ahvaz on 22 September 2018 and the capital Tehran on 7 June 2017.

The Intercept

Flawed, lazy journalism one reason for Iran’s poor image

Mehdi HasanThe evidence for these hawkish headlines? For this stream of alarmist media reports about “threats” and “attacks” from Iran? Yes, you guessed it: statements provided to reporters by U.S. officials hiding behind a cloak of anonymity. In some cases, just one official.

Plenty of journalists say they want to learn the lessons of Iraq. But the sad reality is that many of my colleagues in the media are, wittingly or unwittingly, becoming complicit in this administration’s cynical and dangerous attempt “to draw Iran into an armed conflict with the United States.”

Associated Press

Afghan refugee’s ‘Dream’ coffee shop in Iran becomes reality

Afghan refugee's 'Dream' coffee shop in Iran becomes reality“Many think that Afghans are unable to speak Farsi with the Iranian accent or are illiterate,” Jafari told The Associated Press on a recent day at the café. “But when they come here, they see Afghan university students for themselves and get to know our culture and dialect better and it is very interesting for them. Here their false presumptions about us are transformed and Iranians and Afghans sometimes even make friends with each other.”