June 2017

Tehran Times: No restrictions for American travelers to visit Iran

Visa wait time for US citizens has been reduced to only two weeks, a government official says–reports Tehran Times.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/413988/No-restrictions-for-American-travelers-to-visit-Iran

South China Morning Post: Why travel to Iran should be next on your bucket list

There are heavenly gardens, sumptuous palaces and centuries-old bridges to stroll through, and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque simply takes your breath away

Source: www.scmp.com/magazines/style/travel-food/article/2096500/why-travel-iran-should-be-next-your-bucket-list

 

May 2017

PressTV: Iran world’s most affordable tourism destination

The price competitiveness of countries in the WEF’s “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017” were measured by comparing costs relating to travel to and from a destination (travel costs including ticket prices, taxes, fuel rates, etc) and those relating to prices within the tourism destination (ground costs including hotel prices, service rates, food prices, etc).

Source: www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/05/21/522689/Iran-worlds-most-affordable-tourism-destination

Radio Free Europe: Long Shunned By Foreigners, Iran Looks To Tourism To Boost Ailing Economy

Long Shunned By Foreigners, Iran Looks To Tourism To Boost Ailing Economy

The World Bank said the number of visitors to Iran increased from 2.2 million in 2009 to 5.2 million in 2015, and Iranian officials expect that trend to continue … to 20 million foreign tourists by 2025 and gross some $30 billion.

Business Insider and Bloomberg have both named Iran among the “Top 50” and “Top 20” destinations to visit in 2017 due to security and the country’s ancient architecture, famous bazaars, and natural beauty.

Source: www.rferl.org/a/long-shunned-by-foreigners-iran-looks-to-tourism/28512508.html

The Guardian: The guidebooks and selfie-sticks arrive as Rouhani’s Iran declares itself open to all

The guidebooks and selfie-sticks arrive as Rouhani’s Iran declares itself open to all

Isfahan, the jewel in Iran’s heritage crown and more a destination for tourists than pilgrims, counted just over 5,000 visitors a month in 2013, when Rouhani came to power. By spring 2017 that number had risen to 85,000 in a single month, the newspaper Isfahan Today reported.

The surge in visitors has been so dramatic that some nights in high season every single hotel room in the city is taken, according to the receptionist at the newly built Zenderood Hotel.

Foreign hotel chains are eyeing the market enthusiastically, particularly since some of the biggest American players are still in effect barred.

Source: www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/27/rouhani-iran-tourists-culture-guidebooks-selfie-sticks

Tehran Times: Tourism body pushes for quality as eco-lodges thrive across Iran

Tourism body pushes for quality as eco-lodges thriving across Iran

Due to a rapid development of eco-lodges in the country, some have reportedly failed to meet officially declared regulations, mainly when it comes to the architectural criteria.

At the moment, a total of 536 eco-lodges are dotted across Iran, showing a sharp increase since 2013 when the number stood at 30.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/413530/Tourism-body-pushes-for-quality-as-eco-lodges-thriving-across

March 2017

Stuff.co.nz: Holidays in Iran – From no-go to tourist hotspot

Holidays in Cambodia, Iran, Peru and other former war zones: From no-go to tourist hotspot

Today’s warzone is tomorrow’s tourist attraction. … Iran is already on its way to becoming the next one. It will be a conventional destination before too long, provided the US’ sanctions don’t change things too drastically. The local people there are too friendly, the historical and religious sites too amazing, for this place to stay off the mainstream radar for too much longer.

Source: www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/90209890/holidays-in-cambodia-iran-peru-and-other-former-war-zones-from-nogo-to-tourist-hotspot

FerryHouse: This is how traveling Iran suddenly became popular

This is how traveling Iran suddenly became popular

For many years the news coverage of Iran was overwhelmingly negative, and so was the image of the country. No one talked about its ancient history or rich culture, its food and traditions.

In recent months, traveling Iran became astonishing popular among European tourists. But how can the sudden interest in Iranian culture and heritage be explained?

Source: www.ferryhouse.ag/en/traveling-iran-became-popular/

December 2016

Condé Nast Traveller: The hottest travel destination of the moment is Iran.

Top 10 destinations to watch in 2016

BURMA IS SO 2012. The hottest travel destination of the moment is Iran. The idea of Iran as a holiday spot was rather unlikely, right up until now. Suddenly it is the most exciting place to go, thanks to the sanctions-relief deal which was signed in the summer, and the reopening of the UK embassy in Tehran. Even smart tour ops are setting off on expeditions there, for more adventurous travellers who want a good (and safe) bed to sleep in.

Source: www.cntraveller.com/recommended/itineraries/best-travel-destinations-2016/page/iran

September 2016

AOL Travel: Iran – Why you need to visit now

Iran: Why you need to visit now – AOL UK Travel

Now that British Airways has reintroduced its London to Tehran route for the first time since 2012 following the relaxation of sanctions, Iran is ready to be rediscovered by discerning travellers who seek rich, ancient culture, modern cities filled with UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a fabulous social scene.

Source: travel.aol.co.uk/2016/09/27/iran-holidays-what-to-see/

Travel & Tourism, ECONOMIC IMPACT 2016, IRAN

A report by The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on the economic impact of travel & tourism in Iran, 2016.

Euromonitor Report: Iran likely to become a leading tourism market

Travel in Iran

Iran can now be trusted in the eyes of international tourists, it is being mediatised and its culture, history and nature are being showcased on television channels across the world. Iran is likely to become the leading tourism market in the MENA region, provided that the infrastructure is able to develop and cope with changes.

Source: www.euromonitor.com/travel-in-iran/report

The Guardian: British Airways resumes direct flights to Iran after sanctions are lifted

British Airways resumes direct flights to Iran after sanctions are lifted

A BA spokeswoman said: “The Iranians have been extremely helpful in setting up this important new route and have been as keen as we are for the service to start. Tehran is an important destination for British Airways and we wanted to ensure that the service we offered met the highest standards our customers rightly expect of us from day one.”

Source: www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/01/british-airways-resumes-direct-flights-to-iran-after-sanctions-are-lifted

CityAM: Iran fast becoming a popular tourist destination

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a destination rarely found near the top of travellers’ bucket lists.

Source: www.cityam.com/248699/more-and-more-airlines-launch-new-routes-iran-increasingly

 

CNN: 30 beautiful photos of Iran – as British Airways resumes flights to Tehran

Iran is expected to experience a tourism boom. Visitors may be surprised to discover the riches the country has to offer, including ancient ruins, pristine beaches and popular ski resorts. Iran made it on to the top destination lists of major

Source: www.ibtimes.co.uk/30-beautiful-photos-iran-british-airways-resumes-flights-tehran-1579154