November 2019

New Zealand Herald

Iran’s Islamic architecture among Lonely Planet’s ‘Wonders of the World’

The muqarnas arch of the medieval portal of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, famous for its stunning tiling, Isfahan, Iran.

This year, the guide is pivoting away from the well-trodden paths, selecting less famous man made wonders: the entwined tree bridges of Meghalaya in India, the intricate Islamic architecture of Naqsh-e Jahan in Iran, and the massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur in central Java.

Iran Front Page

Lut Desert Gorgeous Lake in Hottest Spot on Earth

The flooding which struck Iran’s southeastern Kerman province in early spring this year has created a beautiful lake in the heart of Lut Desert regarded as the hottest spot on earth.

October 2019

Asia Pacific Report

10 reasons why tourists must visit Iran

Some critics say that Iranian authorities since the 1979 Islamic Revolution spend far more and devote greater attention to the religious artefacts and buildings of Islam to the neglect of some historical sites. However, whatever the truth about that Iran boasts a never-ending range of impressive and attractive places to visit.

The tragedy is that not enough is known about the country’s cultural and historical wonders in the West because of the regime’s pariah political status and the refusal of many mainstream travel companies to run regular tours.

Associated Press

Afghan refugee’s ‘Dream’ coffee shop in Iran becomes reality

Afghan refugee's 'Dream' coffee shop in Iran becomes reality“Many think that Afghans are unable to speak Farsi with the Iranian accent or are illiterate,” Jafari told The Associated Press on a recent day at the café. “But when they come here, they see Afghan university students for themselves and get to know our culture and dialect better and it is very interesting for them. Here their false presumptions about us are transformed and Iranians and Afghans sometimes even make friends with each other.”

Tehran Times

The Swiss know Iran for its ancient civilization: Ambassador

Markus Leitner told ILNA in an interview The ambassador also pointed to photos that Georg Gerster (Swiss journalist and a pioneer aerial photographer) took from Iran’s landscapes and historical monuments in the 1970s, saying, “I think the photos of Georg Gerster, taken from the sky over Iran, have so far been shown in numerous exhibitions in Switzerland and elsewhere around the world, and it shows just how the Swiss people are interested in seeing Iran.”

Tehran Times

Iran uses Social Media Influencers to fight ‘Iranophobia’

how SM influencers help fight fear of IranTourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Thursday that the ministry supports certain the Instagram influencers to travel to the country.

“Instagram influencers’ trips to Iran are backed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts and, in the advertising arena, we do a lot of work to fight Iranophobia and introduce the true face of Iran,” Mounesan said.

 

Iran Front Page

Instagram and Twitter influencers visit Iran

 group of Instagram and Twitter influencers from Turkey, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, India and China have been visiting Iran for the past couple of days.A group of Instagram and Twitter influencers from Turkey, Russia, Italy, Ukraine, India and China have been visiting Iran for the past couple of days.

The influencers, who have some 16 million followers in total, made their journeys on a fam tour organized by the private sector with the aim of getting familiar with different aspects of the ancient land and introducing them to others.

“… It is supposed to help create a new image of Iran in the minds of people across the world, shape dreams and goals before visiting a country named Iran, and encourage the tourists to come to Iran and discover all of its cities and unknown places.”

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

Did Iran beat Italy to invent ice cream? – BBC Video

Did Iran beat Italy to invent ice cream?

Did Iran beat Italy to invent ice cream?

Iran claims to be the birthplace of ice cream but how could it be made 2,000 years ago?

Source: www.bbc.com/news/av/world-middle-east-46569344/how-iran-made-ice-cream-2000-years-ago

December 2018

Payvand

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Western Europeans lead the arrivals in Iran’s Shahdad desert since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), ISNA reported. Shahdad – a major part of the Lut desert in southeastern Kerman province – is home to massive sand pyramids created by wind and water. The “Lut” plain is a natural landscape of Iran which is a UNESCO registered site.

Source: www.payvand.com/news/18/dec/1061.html

November 2018

Lonely Planet

A new company will lead you as you cook your way through Iran

A new company will lead you as you cook your way through Iran

A new company will lead you as you cook your way through Iran

What better way to explore a country than through its culinary culture? That’s exactly the way Persian Food Tours would like for you to explore Iran.

Source: www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/11/19/food-cook-tours-iran/

Independent (UK)

Iran as safe as UK – The 2019 Travel Risk Map

These are the most dangerous countries to travel to in 2019

These are the most dangerous countries to travel to in 2019

Iran is as safe as the UK when it comes to security, according to a new interactive map showing the risk level around the world. The majority of European countries are deemed low risk, including the UK; as are Iran, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Uzbekistan in the Middle East.

Source: www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/travel-risk-map-2019-worlds-safest-dangerous-countries-to-visit-iran-uk-slovenia-denmark-a8644646.html

Tehran Times

2000-year-old qanat found in southern Iran

Ancient qanat found in southern Iran

Ancient qanat found in southern Iran

Residents of Rostaq, a rural district in Iran’s southern Fars province, have discovered an ancient qanat, which is estimated to date from some 2,000 years ago.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429547/Ancient-qanat-found-in-southern-Iran

The Guardian

Hamid Hassanpour named ‘best independent tour guide’ in Iran

10 of the best independent tour guides: readers’ tips

10 of the best independent tour guides: readers’ tips

At the end of a two-week tour of Iran in April, our guide, Hamid Hassanpour, asked us, “What’s the best thing about Iran?”. “You!” we replied. Hamid loves his country: the history, architecture, gardens, people, food. He imparted his knowledge with enthusiasm, and fielded our constant and sometimes difficult questions with humour and patience. Terrifying traffic was calmly negotiated and when I took a tumble in Shiraz he quietly took control, ensuring I was well cared for in A&E. He also conjured up wonderful picnics from the boot of his spotless Renault Megane. He is the best guide you could wish for.

Source: www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/nov/15/best-independent-tour-guides-readers-travel-tips-china-spain-colombia

Geopolitical Monitor

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran | Geopolitical Monitor

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran | Geopolitical Monitor

While it’s true that Iran presides over well-documented human rights abuses, these abuses are often exaggerated to the point of creating a tyrannical mythos that’s completely detached from reality.

Source: www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/five-things-everyone-gets-wrong-on-iran/