June 2020

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.”

April 2020

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.

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.

 

November 2018

Mehr News Agency

First underground ecolodge in Middle East

First underground ecolodge in Middle East

First underground ecolodge in Middle East

Construction of the first underground ecolodge in the Middle East is being finalized in Garmsar county, Semnan province, central Iran. The complex consists of a stronghold on the surface and an underground city which has been dug up some 8 meters below surface using 4,330 workers during one year. The underground ecolodge enjoys 15 rooms, a big hall and spectacular corridors in which one can see the traces of hand tools used for caving. The ecolodge has not yet been officially inaugurated.

Source: en.mehrnews.com/photo/139768/First-underground-ecolodge-in-Middle-East

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/

July 2018

Tehran Times

1,700 tourism-related projects underway in Iran, tourism chief claims

1,700 tourism-related projects underway in IranÂ

TEHRAN –  Iran tourism chief has said a total of 1,700 tourism-associated projects are being carried out across the country, IRNA reported.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/425885/1-700-tourism-related-projects-underway-in-Iran

Tehran Times

New eco-lodges to generate 16,000 jobs in Iran

‘New eco-lodges to generate 16,000 jobs in Iran’

‘New eco-lodges to generate 16,000 jobs in Iran’

TEHRAN – Building new eco-lodges will create some 16,000 jobs in Iran, the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization’s director has said.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/425634/New-eco-lodges-to-generate-16-000-jobs-in-Iran

Tehran Times

Old schools in Kerman to be turned into eco-lodges, guest houses

Old schools in Kerman to be turned into eco-lodges, guest houses

Old schools in Kerman to be turned into eco-lodges, guest houses

TEHRAN – Old and abandoned schools will be transformed into eco-lodges and guest houses in order to develop hospitality industry across towns and villages in Kerman province, southeastern Iran.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/425455/Old-schools-in-Kerman-to-be-turned-into-eco-lodges-guest-houses

June 2018

Iran Front Page

Booking.com ban on Iran to have to little impact

“Sanctions to Have No Serious Impact on Iran’s Tourism Industry”

“Sanctions to Have No Serious Impact on Iran’s Tourism Industry”

New sanctions that prevent Iranian hotels from using the leading tourism website Booking.com will have no considerable impact on the country’s tourism industry, said President of the Iranian Hoteliers’ Society.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/sanctions-to-have-no-serious-impact-on-irans-tourism-industry/

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

May 2015

Al Monitor

Iran’s tourism industry scrambles to catch up with demand

Iran’s tourism industry scrambles to catch up with demand

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani improves relations with the West, Iranian officials announce they will build more hotels to meet the expected demand of foreign tourists.

Source: www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/04/iran-hotels-tourism-esfahan-shiraz.html