September 2018

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

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

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/

Iran Front Page

Iran Working on Plan to Stop Stamping Tourists’ Passports

Iran Working on Plan to Stop Stamping Tourists’ Passports

Iran Working on Plan to Stop Stamping Tourists’ Passports

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has proposed a plan based on which the passports of foreign travellers visiting Iran will not be stamped, so that they would be encouraged to visit the country.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/iran-working-on-plan-to-stop-stamping-tourists-passports/

July 2018

Tehran Times

1,700 tourism-related projects underway in Iran, tourism chief claims

1,700 tourism-related projects underway in IranÂ

TEHRAN –  Iran tourism chief has said a total of 1,700 tourism-associated projects are being carried out across the country, IRNA reported.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/425885/1-700-tourism-related-projects-underway-in-Iran

Tehran Times

Travelers from European countries down by 24 percent year-on-year

Iran’s 3-month tourist arrivals up 30.6% y/y

TEHRAN – Tourist arrivals in Iran surged 30.66 percent in the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year (started in March 21) from a year earlier, led by visitors mainly from four neighboring countries, a tourism official has said.  But travelers from European countries down by 24 percent year-on-year.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/425880/Iran-s-3-month-tourist-arrivals-up-30-6-y-y

70 NGOs active in Iran’s tourism-related fields

70 NGOs active in tourism-related fields

70 NGOs active in tourism-related fields

Some 70 non-governmental organizations are currently active in various tourism-related fields across Iran, the deputy minister of sports and youth said on Wednesday.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/425305/70-NGOs-active-in-tourism-related-fields

May 2018

Al-Monitor

US sanctions threaten Iran’s high hopes for tourism

US sanctions threaten Iran’s high hopes for tourism

US sanctions threaten Iran’s high hopes for tourism

While the reimposition of US sanctions is likely to damage the revival of Iran’s tourism sector at least in the short term, the country’s ambitious plans to attract foreign visitors should not be written off.

Source: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2018/05/iran-tourism-sector-us-sanctions-return-impact-currency-rial.html

 

April 2018

Tehran Times

First Brazilian chartered flight of travelers lands in Iran

First Brazilian chartered flight of travelers lands in Iran

First Brazilian chartered flight of travelers lands in Iran

With 62 tourists and 14 crew members on board, the flight touched down in the historical city of Shiraz on Friday for a four-day tour, said Mohammad Moheb-Khodai, the deputy director of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization.

“The travelers have previously been in Japan, China and India…heading for Italy and Morocco as their next legs of journey,” the official said.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/422622/First-Brazilian-chartered-flight-of-travelers-lands-in-Iran

Tehran Times

At 5.2 million tourists a year, Iran’s 20 million target “somewhat unachievable”

Annual foreign tourist arrivals at 5.2 million: official

TEHRAN – Some 5.2 million foreign travelers visited Iran in the previous Iranian calendar year 1396, which ended on March 20, a tourism official announced on Friday.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/422621/Annual-foreign-tourist-arrivals-at-5-2-million-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

December 2017

News.com.au

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda: Dangerous places now tourist hot spots

Even just three years ago, it was difficult and risky to travel to Iran. Now, it is an emerging tourist destination luring travellers from across the globe.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia lowers official travel warning for Iran

Australia lowers official travel warning for Iran

Australia lowers official travel warning for Iran

Australia has just lowered its travel warning for Iran – potentially putting a trip to the Islamic Republic on a holiday bucket list for keen travellers.

Source: www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-lowers-official-travel-warning-for-iran-20151222-glt1f1.html

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

August 2017

Financial Times

Report: Tehran’s International Airport Woefully Inadequate

The IKIA Experience

Iran wants to draw 20 million foreign tourists by 2025. But Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport is so inadequate it can barely serve its current traffic. “Under the present conditions, the airport is simply unable to host more travelers,” a manager of a private travel agency said on the condition of anonymity.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/69300/the-ikia-experience