December 2018

Over 10k Spanish Tourists Visit Iran Annually – Spanish Ambassador

Iran, Spain Ready to Improve Agritourism Ties

Iran, Spain Ready to Improve Agritourism Ties

“Over 10,000 Spanish tourists visit Iran annually, half of whom are travel enthusiasts of between 50 and 60 years old. The ancient ruins and historical sites of Iran never cease to amaze these people, despite the fact that they have seen almost every nook and cranny of the world,” said Spain’s Ambassador to Iran Eduardo Lopez Busquets during a visit to Mashhad.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/sponsered-content/95431/iran-spain-ready-to-improve-agritourism-ties

Iran’s First Tourism Startup Accelerator Launched

Iran’s First Tourism Startup Accelerator Launched

Iran’s First Tourism Startup Accelerator Launched

A tourism startup accelerator was launched on Tuesday by Iran’s Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) in cooperation with Allameh Tabataba’i University to support companies active in the gradually growing sector. Based in Tehran, the accelerator will provide tourism startups with financial support, shared working place, and legal and financial counseling. The accelerator will also help startups write business and marketing strategy, Cultural Heritage and Tourism News website (CHTN.ir) reported. On its website (sisootech.com), the accelerator has announced that it is willing to support all startups —developed or seed-stage — in the fields of tourism, cultural heritage and handicrafts.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/sci-tech/95828/irans-first-tourism-startup-accelerator-launched

Payvand

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Western Europeans lead the arrivals in Iran’s Shahdad desert since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), ISNA reported. Shahdad – a major part of the Lut desert in southeastern Kerman province – is home to massive sand pyramids created by wind and water. The “Lut” plain is a natural landscape of Iran which is a UNESCO registered site.

Source: www.payvand.com/news/18/dec/1061.html

November 2018

The Irish Times

Iran adventure: A taste of traditional Persia

Iran adventure: A taste of traditional Persia

Iran adventure: A taste of traditional Persia

It’s barely dawn but the airport is teeming with travellers. After all that wardrobe planning it’s amusing to pass an Iranian woman in tight leather pants and knee-high boots. It’s my first lesson that there are many rules to life in Iran, but they vary significantly, depending on who you are and how you choose to interpret them , a fact that appears to be accepted as part of life by Iranians.

Source: www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/long-haul/iran-adventure-a-taste-of-traditional-persia-1.3705786

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/

Independent (UK)

Iran as safe as UK – The 2019 Travel Risk Map

These are the most dangerous countries to travel to in 2019

These are the most dangerous countries to travel to in 2019

Iran is as safe as the UK when it comes to security, according to a new interactive map showing the risk level around the world. The majority of European countries are deemed low risk, including the UK; as are Iran, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Uzbekistan in the Middle East.

Source: www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/travel-risk-map-2019-worlds-safest-dangerous-countries-to-visit-iran-uk-slovenia-denmark-a8644646.html

IFP News

UN to support Iran tourism, says official

UNWTO Chief in Iran to Support Iran’s Tourism amid US Bans

UNWTO Chief in Iran to Support Iran’s Tourism amid US Bans

Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili, who is in Iran to attend a  summit, says his visit to the country is aimed at putting the global body’s weight behind Iran’s tourism industry amid the US sanctions.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/unwto-chief-in-iran-to-support-irans-tourism-amid-us-bans/

The Algemeiner

New York Times, Under Pressure, Suspends Luxury Tours To Iran

New York Times, Under Pressure, Suspends Luxury Tours To Iran

New York Times, Under Pressure, Suspends Luxury Tours To Iran

A booking representative for the Times Journeys explained that the Times Iran tour had been put “on the shelf for the next year or two,” the result of “just a change in the kind of direction that we wanted to go with the travel program.”

Source: www.algemeiner.com/2018/11/09/new-york-times-under-pressure-suspends-luxury-tours-to-iran/

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