November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

August 2018

The Iranian

Iranian tourism officials banned from giving interviews

Iranian tourism officials banned from giving interviews | The Iranian

Iranian tourism officials banned from giving interviews | The Iranian

TEHRAN — Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) has recently forbidden its managers to be interviewed by the news media or for them to disclose any information to the press on the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran. The report was published on Wednesday by the Persian service of CHN after several CHTHO …

Source: iranian.com/2009/10/31/iranian-tourism-officials-banned-from-giving-interviews/

InTheSnow

High-end Tour Op Offers 2019 Ski Holidays to Iran

Tour Op Offers 2019 Ski Holidays to Iran | InTheSnow

A tour operator best known for its high service standards chalet and apartment holidays in the French Alps will be running ski holidays to Iran for a second winter in March next year after the success of their first trips to the country earlier this year.

Source: www.inthesnow.com/tour-op-offers-2019-ski-holidays-iran/

July 2018

AzerNews

Iran, Austria to organize joint course on tourism – envoy

Iran, Austria to organize joint course on tourism – envoy

Iran, Austria to organize joint course on tourism – envoy

Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Scholz said Tehran and Vienna plan to jointly organize a specialized course on tourism in the Iranian capital.

Source: www.azernews.az/region/135156.html

Spanish Tourists Getting More Interested in Visiting Iran: Official

Spanish Tourists Getting More Interested in Visiting Iran: Official

Spanish Tourists Getting More Interested in Visiting Iran: Official

An official with Spain’s Tourism Ministry says the number of Spanish tourists visiting Iran has hit 10,000 a year. Spaniards now rank third after the Germans and French in visiting the Islamic Republic.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/spanish-tourists-getting-more-interested-in-visiting-iran-official/

March 2018

Travel+Leisure

These Female-only Tours in the Middle East Let You Bond With the Women Who Live There

These Female-only Tours in the Middle East Let You Bond With the Women Who Live There

These Female-only Tours in the Middle East Let You Bond With the Women Who Live There

These tours are designed to foster female empowerment and independence, while allowing travelers to experience the cultural traditions of women in the region.

Source: www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/women-only-tours-to-middle-east-morocco-jordan-iran

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

Financial Tribune

We aren’t good at promoting travel to Iran, admits a govt official

Poor Promotion a Drag on Tourism

Poor Promotion a Drag on Tourism

“We are unable to create promotional content in different languages that appeals to global taste,” admits a Culture Ministry official, and that’s why many potential tourists never travel to Iran and those who do are often surprised that reality does not match their preconceptions.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/82797/poor-promotion-a-drag-on-tourism

January 2018

Financial Tribune

Iran to pay Iranians abroad to sell tours to Iran

Enlisting Virtual Tour Operators in the Pipeline

Enlisting Virtual Tour Operators in the Pipeline

Iranians living abroad have been invited to apply to become “virtual tour operators” and get paid for every person they convince to visit Iran.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/79156/enlisting-virtual-tour-operators-in-the-pipeline