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

Iran’s tourism ranked 20th among in 2011-17 growth

WTTC ranks Iran’s tourism 20th among 185 in 2011-17

WTTC ranks Iran’s tourism 20th among 185 in 2011-17

TEHRAN – Iran’s budding travel sector has come 20th in the latest World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) report that has ranked performance of 185 countries over 2011-17.

The WTTC Travel & Tourism Countries Power Ranking accounts for foreign visitor spending (visitor exports), domestic spending and Travel & Tourism capital investment that is based on absolute growth seen between 2011 and 2017.

According to the report, which was released late in September, visitor exports in Iran grew at an average rate of 19.9% pa during 2011-17 with the strongest growth witnessed during 2013 and 2014, when a newly elected government adopted a looser visa policy.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429007/WTTC-ranks-Iran-s-tourism-20th-among-185-in-2011-17

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

The Australian Financial Review

Why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Friendly locals, great food, stunning buildings: why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Friendly locals, great food, stunning buildings: why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Europe, the United States or Japan are where my husband and I usually try to head mid-year when cabin fever sets in. Last year, however, we opted for Iran.

A friend who had done an organised tour a few months earlier couldn’t stop raving about this off-the-tourist-trail nation of 81 million people.

Source: www.afr.com/brand/sophisticated-traveller/isfahan-shiraz-and-yazd-make-iran-a-mustsee-on-your-travel-bucket-list-20180913-h15bwc

Financial Tribune

To counter Trump, Iran stops stamping passports

Iran Relaxes Visa Process to Incentivize Foreign Tourists

Iran Relaxes Visa Process to Incentivize Foreign Tourists

The most important initiative Iran has concocted to boost tourism in recent months aims to eliminate official stamps put on visas of foreign tourists visiting the country.

Also keeps expanding visa-on-arrival agreements.

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

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

Iran Front Page

German Ambassador Spends Holidays with Iranian Nomads

German Ambassador Inspiring Tourists to Spend Holidays with Iranian Nomads

German Ambassador Inspiring Tourists to Spend Holidays with Iranian Nomads

The German ambassador to Tehran has come up with a novel idea to open up a new path in Iran-Germany cooperation in the tourism industry.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/german-ambassador-inspiring-tourists-to-spend-holidays-with-iranian-nomads/

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