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

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