November 2018

Tehran Times

2000-year-old qanat found in southern Iran

Ancient qanat found in southern Iran

Ancient qanat found in southern Iran

Residents of Rostaq, a rural district in Iran’s southern Fars province, have discovered an ancient qanat, which is estimated to date from some 2,000 years ago.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429547/Ancient-qanat-found-in-southern-Iran

The Guardian

Hamid Hassanpour named ‘best independent tour guide’ in Iran

10 of the best independent tour guides: readers’ tips

10 of the best independent tour guides: readers’ tips

At the end of a two-week tour of Iran in April, our guide, Hamid Hassanpour, asked us, “What’s the best thing about Iran?”. “You!” we replied. Hamid loves his country: the history, architecture, gardens, people, food. He imparted his knowledge with enthusiasm, and fielded our constant and sometimes difficult questions with humour and patience. Terrifying traffic was calmly negotiated and when I took a tumble in Shiraz he quietly took control, ensuring I was well cared for in A&E. He also conjured up wonderful picnics from the boot of his spotless Renault Megane. He is the best guide you could wish for.

Source: www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/nov/15/best-independent-tour-guides-readers-travel-tips-china-spain-colombia

Tehran Times

Iranian-Italian team resumes restoration project on Pasargadae

 Iranian-Italian team resume project on Pasargadae

 Iranian-Italian team resume project on Pasargadae

A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists and restorers have commenced a new round of conservation project on Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Iran.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429485/Iranian-Italian-team-resume-project-on-Pasargadae

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/

Geopolitical Monitor

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran | Geopolitical Monitor

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran | Geopolitical Monitor

While it’s true that Iran presides over well-documented human rights abuses, these abuses are often exaggerated to the point of creating a tyrannical mythos that’s completely detached from reality.

Source: www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/five-things-everyone-gets-wrong-on-iran/

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

Iran Front Page

Iranian Woman Abandons City for Ecolodge in Remote Village

Iranian Woman Abandons City to Breathe Life into Remote Village

Iranian Woman Abandons City to Breathe Life into Remote Village

Raheleh Ahmadi is an Iranian woman who has given up living in the city and departed for a remote village to turn it into an ecotourism destination, providing inspiration for the local women.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/iranian-woman-abandons-city-to-breathe-life-into-remote-village/

UChicago News

Oriental Institute helps return stolen Persepolis artifact to Iran

Oriental Institute helps in return of stolen Persepolis artifact to Iran

Oriental Institute helps in return of stolen Persepolis artifact to Iran

The Persian guard relief is repatriated to the Islamic Republic of Iran on Sept. 4, 2018 in New York City.  The case sets an important precedent. “It’s vital for scholarship to be oriented to protect sites like this, especially when one has been so extensively plundered for 100-plus years, as this one has.”

Source: news.uchicago.edu/story/oriental-institute-helps-return-stolen-persepolis-artifact-iran

BBC

Iran’s fascinating way to tell fortunes

Iran’s fascinating way to tell fortunes

Iran’s fascinating way to tell fortunes

The tradition of fal-e Hafez has been practised in Iran and elsewhere in the Persian-speaking world, such as Afghanistan for centuries.

Source: www.bbc.com/travel/story/20181023-irans-fascinating-way-to-tell-fortunes

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

CNN Travel

Anthony Bourdain let Iranians lead the dialogue

What would Bourdain do? How to honor the intrepid traveler’s legacy

What would Bourdain do? How to honor the intrepid traveler’s legacy

When Bourdain arrived in Iran, a country he said “Americans probably have the most contentious relationship with on Earth,” he didn’t seek to solve anything or to wrap it all up nicely in a one-hour episode.

Instead, he showed viewers what he saw, tasted and heard. Asking Iranians what their hopes were for their country, Bourdain let the people of Iran lead the dialogue.

Source: www.cnn.com/travel/article/honor-anthony-bourdain-legacy/index.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

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