March 2018

THE ART NEWSPAPER

Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

French museum became first cultural institution to secure ties with Islamic regime after sanctions lifted in 2016

Source: www.theartnewspaper.com/news/second-time-lucky-louvre-seals-iran-deal

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

December 2017

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

A magical carpet ride in Iran

A magical carpet ride in Iran

A magical carpet ride in Iran

Buying a handmade oriental rug in Iran is the ultimate travel trophy if you can afford it. But until I travelled to Iran myself, I could not fathom the obsession with Persian carpets.

There is something so compelling about Persian carpets that makes travellers to Iran want to get their hands on one, or a couple, to take home.

Source: www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/travel/a-magical-carpet-ride-in-iran

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

July 2017

Soultravelblog.com

Why Travel to Iran?! – Soul Travel Blog | Responsible Travel Inspiration

Why Travel to Iran?! – Soul Travel Blog | Responsible Travel Inspiration

Why Travel to Iran?! – Soul Travel Blog | Responsible Travel Inspiration

Why travel to Iran? For a country crippled by the West, Iran is starting to open up. Travellers may now just be its golden ticket.

Source: soultravelblog.com/why-travel-to-iran/

June 2017

Al Monitor

New generation of Iranian hostels attract younger tourists

New generation of Iranian hostels attract younger tourists

As Iran’s tourism industry grows, a new generation of hostels catering to younger travelers is springing up around the country.

Source: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2017/06/iran-youth-hostels-new-generation-younger-tourists.html

Tehran Times: Live a green life far from the madding crowd!

Live a green life far from the madding crowd!

The couple Mahin Shamsikhani and Khosro Mahin-Roosta with their friend Shiva Shamshiri live a different kind of life. Although they are both engineering graduates from Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology, they are now running an eco-lodge in a village in northern Iran.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/414234/Live-a-green-life-far-from-the-madding-crowd

Financial Tribune: Iran Eyes Visa Facilitation With East Asian Nations

Iran Eyes Visa Facilitation With East Asian Nations

Iranian tourism officials will discuss the possibility of relaxing visa regulations with China, Japan, and South Korea in the next few months

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/66510/iran-eyes-visa-facilitation-with-east-asian-nations

Scandinavian airlines seek to establish flights to Iran

Scandinavian countries seek to liberalize Iran air travel

Norway, Denmark and Sweden will negotiate with Iran on May 29-30 aiming to modernize and liberalize commercial air travel agreements, the Norwegian Ministry of Transportation and Communications said in a statement on Friday.

Source: www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nordics-airlines-idUSKBN18M0RR

Tehran Times: UNESCO experts to assess Iran’s natural, historical sites

TEHRAN – A delegation of the UNESCO World Heritage specialists is scheduled to travel to Iran in summer in order to assess Arasbaran Protected Area in the northeast and the Ensemble of Historical Sassanid Cities in the south of the country.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/413805/UNESCO-experts-to-assess-Iran-s-natural-historical-sites

Tehran Times: Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan lures tourism investors: official

Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to the province in a bid to turn the vast region into a tourist destination.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/414057/Iran-s-Sistan-Baluchestan-lures-tourism-investors-official