October 2018

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

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/

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 Inbound Tourism Took a Hit in 2017

Inbound Tourism Took a Hit in 2017

Inbound Tourism Took a Hit in 2017

Iran’s tourism industry recorded a negative growth rate in 2017 according to the latest report by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Based on the organization’s tourism highlights published in August, Iran had been host to a total of 4.86 million tourists in 2017, recording a 1.5% fall in comparison to the record of the previous year. In 2016, the country had been chosen as a travel destination by over 4.9 million people. \

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/93390/inbound-tourism-took-a-hit-in-2017

June 2018

Iran Front Page

Booking.com ban on Iran to have to little impact

“Sanctions to Have No Serious Impact on Iran’s Tourism Industry”

“Sanctions to Have No Serious Impact on Iran’s Tourism Industry”

New sanctions that prevent Iranian hotels from using the leading tourism website Booking.com will have no considerable impact on the country’s tourism industry, said President of the Iranian Hoteliers’ Society.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/sanctions-to-have-no-serious-impact-on-irans-tourism-industry/

May 2018

Agence France Presse

Iran’s currency crunch hits cash-reliant foreign tourists

Iran’s currency crunch hits cash-reliant foreign tourists

Iran’s currency crunch hits cash-reliant foreign tourists

Newly arrived in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran, Corneilis Vamoorschot wanted to change his euros into rials, but quickly realized it wouldn’t be a simple task. “We wanted to change at the bank, but the banks accept neither euros or dollars. We came to the foreign exchange bureau, but they had no money,” said the Dutch tourist, enchanted by the city’s brick bazaar, despite the inconvenience.

Source: www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Regional/2018/May-04/447874-irans-currency-crunch-hits-cash-reliant-foreign-tourists.ashx

March 2018

Financial Tribune

Iran’s tourism marketing scheme not to rival private firms, official assures

Virtual Operators No Rival for Private Tour Firms

Virtual Operators No Rival for Private Tour Firms

Iran’s plan to pay Iranians abroad to promote travel to Iran is just a marketing scheme; the government is not getting into selling tours of Iran, a government official says.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/82798/virtual-operators-no-rival-for-private-tour-firms

October 2017

Financial Tribune

Iran Tourism Figures Exaggerated Without International Standards

Iran Tourism Figures Exaggerated Without International Standards

Tourism Statistics Unreliable Sans TSA

Iran’s tourism claims are merely contradictory and unreliable estimates, in the absence of a standard statistical framework for the economic measurement of tourism.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/73926/tourism-statistics-unreliable-sans-tsa

June 2017

Financial Tribune

Iran Sets Tourist Target: 6.5 Million by March 2018

Iran Sets Tourist Target: 6.5 Million by March 2018

Iran’s goal is to quadruple foreign visitors to 20 million by 2025. Last year, some 5.5 million travelers visited Iran, generating about $8 billion for the country. About 9.5 million Iranians went abroad last year. Regional countries make up the bulk of inbound tourists, with no European country cracking the top 10 source markets for Iran.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/66831/iran-sets-tourist-target-65-million-by-march-2018