July 2020

Irish Examiner

Personal Insights: From Kinsale to Iran and the human kindness I will never forget

We are in Balochistan; an area the size of France which is neither a country nor state, but a region that embraces the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Seldom visited by tourists, it is a bleak, brown, arid, rocky desert and mountainous region; populated by millions of fiercely independent Baluchis, denied a nationhood by colonialists, who carved up their lands as spoils of war a century ago.

Tehran Times

Centuries-old windmills in eastern Iran restored

Some centuries-old windmills, locally known as Asbads, were rehabilitated in the oasis city of Tabas-e Masina, eastern province of South Khorasan.

Evening Standard

BBC’s The Art of Persia: A rare glimpse into Iran’s art and culture

Journalist Samira Ahmed was able to travel freely around Iran’s archaeological sites. By calling BBC’s three-parter The Art of Persia, as opposed to Iran, there’s a clear delineation between the country’s past and present, its pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures, and the time before and after it became an Islamic Republic in 1979.

June 2020

BBC News

Ancient Persians were inspiration for mail delivery services

The Achaemenid Persians (approx. 550-330 BCE) were able to deliver, through the use of a system of couriers on horseback (known as pirradaziš in Old Persian), messages from one end of the massive Persian Empire to the other in a matter of days. According to scholars, a message could be sent from Susa, the administrative capital of the empire in western Iran, to Sardis, in what is now western Turkey, in between seven and nine days, following the Royal Road, a sort of highway connecting the two cities.

Businessweek

A Travel Writer Finds Surprise and Awe in Iran

Reading and writing about Iran could not prepare Pico Iyer for the warm, modern society that greeted him. “At every turn I was reminded why I’d been warned, as an American, to be ready for more sophistication than I’d know what to do with. When friends of friends swept me off to lunch at a cutting-edge arts complex, all the talk was of Daniel Day-Lewis and Antigone.”

Radio Farda

Iran bans using Kurdistan’s ‘human mules’ as tourist attraction

Angry reactions to a travel agency advertising the perilous mountain paths used by “human mules”, has caused the government to ban tourism to the region. The controversy over the tours started a few days ago when social media users shared an image of a travel agency’s poster in Uraman, Kurdistan Province, in which the smuggling paths used by the porters were advertised as “tourist attractions”.

The Guardian

Iran’s beautiful palaces and holy sites – in pictures

The Shrine of Fatima Masumeh in Qom is considered by Shia Muslims to be the second most sacred city in Iran after Mashhad. Photograph: Christopher Wilton-Steer

Iran Front Page

Iran Unveils Its First Capsule Hotel

The Iranian tourism department has unveiled a first capsulThe Iranian tourism department has unveiled a first capsule hotel in the country as authorities seek to expand tourism amenities for budget-conscious travelers.e hotel in the country as authorities seek to expand tourism amenities for budget-conscious travelers. A report by the ministry’s news website CHTN.ir said that the government plans to set up 200 beds in capsule hotels in the top traveler destination city of Mashhad as well as in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz.

Tehran Times

Reopening travel to Iran set for mid-summer – government official


TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism ministry has forecast that the country will start hosting foreign travelers as of mid-summer with the priority given to travelers from the neighboring countries.

May 2020

Tehran Times

Easing lockdown, Iran reopens UNESCO-registered Persepolis, other tourist destinations


TEHRAN – Iran has recently reopened the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, which was once the ceremonial capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire, as well as many other tourist destinations to sightseers and history buffs, marking another phase in the easing of one of the world’s restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak.

DW

Iran tourism reels from coronavirus impact

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The coronavirus crisis has dealt a blow to the struggling tourism industry in Iran. Since the US canceled the international nuclear treaty and imposed new sanctions, there have been fewer international tourists.

April 2020

Tehran Times

Iranian windmills closer to UNESCO status

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Iran is closer to registering the ancient windmills in Razavi Khorasan province on the UNESCO World Heritage list as the country has recently completed some of the required documentation.

Iran Front Page

Corona notwithstanding, German Doctor Visits Ancient Persian Route on Horseback

Orlika’s trip to Iran amid the global concerns about the coronavirus pandemic has even surprised her host.

Tehran Times

Post-coronavirus: Iran formulating action plan to return tourism to normal

Iran’s tourism has announced it is developing an action plan to get the country’s travel back on track after the threat of novel coronavirus is over. Like many other countries, Iran’s travel industry has suffered huge losses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Atlantic Council

COVID-19: The last nail in the coffin of Iran’s tourism industry?

Now, that Iran’s government has taken actions to temporarily bring the country’s domestic tourism industry to a halt, there are concerns about when or whether this sector can recover. Theoretically, a government bailout could keep the industry alive, but the government is, apparently, not planning on giving the tourism sector a boost because they are not in a fiscal position to save such industries. Consequently, many companies will go into the red assuming they do not completely collapse. The most optimistic assessment would conclude that, because of Iran’s natural beauty, diverse archeological sites, rich culture rooted in ancient history, and the Iranian people’s reputation as hospitable hosts, the crisis in the country’s tourism sector will be temporary.