September 2020

Al-Monitor

Iranian tourism drops to ‘near-zero levels’ due to coronavirus

Iran tourism drops to near zero
The coronavirus pandemic is choking Iran’s tourism industry as the number of foreign tourists drops to an all-time low, prompting record layoffs and reducing income to near-zero levels.

August 2020

Tehran Times

Only 74 international travelers visit Iran during spring

tourists in Iran, spring 2020
The number of foreign travelers to Iran has drastically plunged due to the global coronavirus pandemic as the Islamic Republic registered only 74 visits during the spring season. “Iran’s [inbound] tourism came to almost zero and the country had 74 foreign tourists in the first three months of this [Iranian calendar] year (started on March 20), due to corona outbreak,” Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan in a televised interview late on Tuesday.

May 2020

DW

Iran tourism reels from coronavirus impact

Dw story covid
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

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.

February 2020

Independent (UK)

Iran and Uzbekistan, World’s 3rd and 4th fastest growing tourist destinations in 2019

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid Empire, now in Uzbekistan.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid Empire, now in Uzbekistan.

Top of the pack was Myanmar, which saw a 40.2 per cent per cent increase in visitors, followed by Puerto Rico (31.2 per cent) and Iran (27.9 per cent), although Iran is likely to suffer a drop in 2020 given the current political climate.

January 2020

Nikkei Asian Review

Hotels empty as tourists shun Iran over geopolitical tensions

A man takes a boat on a lake in a tourism area of Iran's Kurdistan Province.

Iran’s tourism industry hit by protests, plane shootdown and threat of war with US. All U.S. and Canadian travelers canceled trips to Iran after the downing of the jet, Hormatollah Rafiei, head of the Association of Air Transport and Tourist Agencies of Iran, was quoted as saying by Iran’s Labour News Agency. He added that 80% of bookings from Australia and 60% of those from Europe and Asia had been called off.

 

AFAR

What You Should Know About Travel in Iran—and the Rest of the Middle East—Right Now

Jameh Mosque in Isfahan, iRAN

As tensions escalate after the assassination of Iran’s top general, we turned to travel experts for advice on visiting the Middle East right now. In short, don’t cancel anything just yet.

October 2019

Tehran Times

15,000 Spanish travelers arrived in Iran in 2018 – Spanish Ambassador

TEHRAN – Madrid’s ambassador to Tehran, Eduardo López Busquets, said that in 2018 some 15,000 Spanish travelers arrived in Iran and 30,000 Iranian nationals were granted visas for Spain.

Spaniards mostly visited the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan and Yazd, the ambassador said, adding that Spanish people used to arrive in Iran generally for trade and business but nowadays they mostly visit the country for tourism purposes.

February 2019

Travel Wire News

Future of Iran’s Tourism Industry Promising say Visiting Spanish Writers

Future of Iran’s Tourism Industry Promising: Spanish Writers | World News | Travel Wire News

Future of Iran’s Tourism Industry Promising: Spanish Writers | World News | Travel Wire News

“Iranian people always have a broad smile on their faces and they hosted us with their heart and soul. That’s why we predict a promising future for Iran’s tourism.”

Source: travelwirenews.com/future-of-irans-tourism-industry-promising-spanish-writers-1292810/

January 2019

Official: Number of Americans Visiting Iran on Rise

Number of Americans Visiting Iran on Rise

Number of Americans Visiting Iran on Rise

The number of American citizens who visited Iran as tourists in the first eight months of the current Persian calendar year has increased significantly compared with the similar period last year, according to an official who supplied confusing and incomplete figures.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/number-of-americans-visiting-iran-on-rise/

November 2018

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/

October 2018

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

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

September 2018

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