October 2018

Burnaby Now

Canadian Travel agent fined for arrogant mistake that stranded family in Iran

Travel agent fined for flight flub that stranded family in Iran

Travel agent fined for flight flub that stranded family in Iran

A travel agent has been ordered to pay over $1,100 after a ticket mishap led to a family being stranded in Iran and missing their two-year-old’s birthday party. Last fall, Arman Aria and Azadeh . . .

Source: www.burnabynow.com/news/travel-agent-fined-for-flight-flub-that-stranded-family-in-iran-1.23450805

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/

Financial Tribune

Luxury Train en Route to Iran for ‘Heart of Persia’ Tour

Luxury Train en Route to Iran for ‘Heart of Persia’ Tour

Luxury Train en Route to Iran for ‘Heart of Persia’ Tour

The 17th Golden Eagle train is scheduled to arrive at Sarakhs Border Crossing, Iran’s frontier with the neighboring Turkmenistan, on October 7, from where it will enter the Iranian territory for a two-week “Heart of Persia” tour. “The train that set off from Russia will arrive in Iran empty on Sunday and will be in Tehran on Monday. The 52 foreign passengers from Australia, Germany, Italy, Singapore, the US, Malaysia and Russia, whose flights will have landed in Tehran by then, will board the Golden Eagle on Tuesday and head on a journey from the capital to Mashhad, Kerman, Rayen, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, Arak, Shushtar, Shush, Veresk and Pol Sefid and back to the capital. After the tour ends, the train will head back, again empty, to Russia.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/economy-travel/94220/luxury-train-en-route-to-iran-for-heart-of-persia-tour

September 2018

Financial Tribune

Iran Gov’t Closes Down Dozens of Travel Agencies Over Illegal Price Hikes

Iran Gov’t Closes Down Dozens of Travel Agencies Over Illegal Price Hikes

Iran Gov’t Closes Down Dozens of Travel Agencies Over Illegal Price Hikes

At least 26 travel agencies operating in Iran’s capital have had their licenses revoked due to unlawful operations, as tourism authorities are tightening their oversight following severe public backlash. “These agencies had various complaints against them, in addition to flouting regulations. Therefore, we issued several warnings to them and were trying to resolve their issues, but we had to legally revoke their licenses because they remained indifferent to the warnings,” Shahram Alimohammadi, the head of tourism division of Tehran office at Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, said.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/economy-travel/94111/iran-govt-closes-down-dozens-of-travel-agencies-over-illegal-price

BitcoinExchangeGuide.com

Bitcoin Firm Aims to Alleviate Iran’s Cash-only Tourism Economy

IranbyBit Uses Bitcoin In Order To Increase Tourism In The Iran Economy And Country

IranbyBit Uses Bitcoin In Order To Increase Tourism In The Iran Economy And Country

The Iranian travel startup known as IranbyBit allows travellers to Iran pay for services by bitcoin to alleviate the inability to use credit cards or ATMs inside Iran due to international sanctions.

Source: bitcoinexchangeguide.com/iranbybit-uses-bitcoin-in-order-to-increase-tourism-in-the-iran-economy-and-country/

Financial Tribune

Iran no longer stamps the passports of foreign visitors

New Initiative to Counter US Travel Ban on Iran Visitors

New Initiative to Counter US Travel Ban on Iran Visitors

Iran no longer stamps the passports of foreign visitors to eliminate complications of travel to the United States. Visitors to Iran, including Europeans, could face scrutiny from US immigration officials when they have an Iranian stamp in their passports. So Iran is no longer stamping to eliminate that threat. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the measure, which entails the issuance of electronic visas for foreign tourists, to all Iranian consulates and domestic airports.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/travel/93990/new-initiative-to-counter-us-travel-ban-on-iran-visitors

Tehran Times

Over 1,200 foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Yazd

Over 1,200 foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Yazd

Over 1,200 foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Yazd

A total of 1,235 international tourists visited Iran’s central Yazd province in the first ten days of the month of Muharram (Sep. 11-20), during which millions of Iranians commemorated martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his loyal companions.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/427801/Over-1-200-foreign-tourists-spectate-Muharram-rituals-in-Yazd

Tehran Times

Hottest place on earth: Iran to hold ultramarathon to promote tourism

Hottest place on earth: Iran to hold ultramarathon to promote tourism

Hottest place on earth: Iran to hold ultramarathon to promote tourism

A total of 18 runners from Italy, Germany, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand and Iran are to run the ultramarathon September 29 to October 7 in Lut Desert, known as one of the hottest places on earth.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/427807/Hottest-place-on-earth-Iran-to-hold-ultramarathon-to-promote

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/

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

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