November 2019

CNN

US Citizens are welcome in Iran for now

Mount Damavand is Iran's highest peak and a potentially active stratovolcano.

Tourism in Iran has continued to grow, but a recent report by industry website Skift notes that American visits are dropping.

October 2019

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.

 

Stuff (New Zealand)

Iran among world’s fastest growing countries for tourism in 2019

Here’s one that gladdens the heart. Iran’s numbers might still be small – 7.3 million visitors in 2018, compared with, say, France’s 89 million – but they’re increasing sharply. More and more people are being drawn to one of the world’s most misunderstood countries, which can only be a good thing. Get there now before everyone else does.

The Travel

Ecuador & Iran Saw Biggest Tourism Increases For 2019

Other countries that saw major include Iran (by 49.9 percent), Egypt (36.6 percent) and Uganda (31.9 percent). The nation of Georgia – with an estimated population of 4 million people – brought in close to five million.


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September 2019

Financial Tribune

Iran Travel Enthusiasm Endures Despite Tensions With US

Rising tensions between Tehran and Washington are increasingly affecting Iran’s tourism industry.

More and more travelers choose to stay away, being afraid something might happen. But some, like Julius and Cornelia from Germany, are going anyway, DW reported.

Their holiday in Iran is a special experience; not just because of the captivation sights, smells and sounds in the bazaar in Tehran, but also because of the political tensions. Friends and family were skeptical at first, but the couple’s choice of Iran as a destination was a deliberate one.

Persia Digest

Five American tourists visit Iran’s oldest city

It’s hard to believe that five Americans visiting Iran is now news! But here you go: Five Americans on tour in Iran have been visiting the historic and religious attractions of Iran’s oldest inhabited city, Susa.

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/

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

CNN Business

New York Times shuts down Saudi Arabia tours; keeps Iran tours

New York Times shuts down $11,995 Saudi Arabia tours

New York Times shuts down $11,995 Saudi Arabia tours

The New York Times is shutting down three planned guided tours to Saudi Arabia as a result of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The paper will issue refunds on the 10-day tours, which included lodging in five-star hotels and started at a cost of $11,995 per individual.

Source: www.cnn.com/2018/10/15/media/new-york-times-saudi-arabia-tours/index.html

The Australian Financial Review

Why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Friendly locals, great food, stunning buildings: why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Friendly locals, great food, stunning buildings: why Iran should be on your travel bucket list

Europe, the United States or Japan are where my husband and I usually try to head mid-year when cabin fever sets in. Last year, however, we opted for Iran.

A friend who had done an organised tour a few months earlier couldn’t stop raving about this off-the-tourist-trail nation of 81 million people.

Source: www.afr.com/brand/sophisticated-traveller/isfahan-shiraz-and-yazd-make-iran-a-mustsee-on-your-travel-bucket-list-20180913-h15bwc

Financial Tribune

To counter Trump, Iran stops stamping passports

Iran Relaxes Visa Process to Incentivize Foreign Tourists

Iran Relaxes Visa Process to Incentivize Foreign Tourists

The most important initiative Iran has concocted to boost tourism in recent months aims to eliminate official stamps put on visas of foreign tourists visiting the country.

Also keeps expanding visa-on-arrival agreements.

Iran Front Page

Weak Iranian Currency Boosts Foreign Visits by 50%

Number of Tourists Visiting Iran Increases by 50%

Number of Tourists Visiting Iran Increases by 50%

A senior Iranian official says the number of tourists who visited Iran in the first six months of the current Iranian year (started March 21) rose by 51 percent compared to the same period in the past year, and that cheap prices is expected to lure more tourists.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/number-of-tourists-visiting-iran-increases-by-50/

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

Iran Front Page

German Ambassador Spends Holidays with Iranian Nomads

German Ambassador Inspiring Tourists to Spend Holidays with Iranian Nomads

German Ambassador Inspiring Tourists to Spend Holidays with Iranian Nomads

The German ambassador to Tehran has come up with a novel idea to open up a new path in Iran-Germany cooperation in the tourism industry.

Source: ifpnews.com/exclusive/german-ambassador-inspiring-tourists-to-spend-holidays-with-iranian-nomads/