January 2019

World’s final Boeing 727 flight happens in Iran

Last Boeing 727 passenger plane makes its final flight

Last Boeing 727 passenger plane makes its final flight

The Tehran – Zahedan 2-hour flight by a 38-year-old Boeing 727-200 Advanced was the last to be flown as a passenger plane with a commercial airline.

Source: www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/boeing-727-plane-last-flight-iran-aseman-airlines-zahedan-tehran-airport-a8728926.html

December 2018

VIDEO: Iran tourism bright spark despite US sanctions

Iran tourism bright spark despite US sanctions | Video

Iran tourism bright spark despite US sanctions | Video

Iran’s tourism industry is growing despite the lackluster economy and US sanctions, because the devalued Iranian currency makes traveling to Iran a tremendous bargain.

Source: www.channelnewsasia.com/news/videos/iran-tourism-bright-spark-despite-us-sanctions-video-11070898

Over 10k Spanish Tourists Visit Iran Annually – Spanish Ambassador

Iran, Spain Ready to Improve Agritourism Ties

Iran, Spain Ready to Improve Agritourism Ties

“Over 10,000 Spanish tourists visit Iran annually, half of whom are travel enthusiasts of between 50 and 60 years old. The ancient ruins and historical sites of Iran never cease to amaze these people, despite the fact that they have seen almost every nook and cranny of the world,” said Spain’s Ambassador to Iran Eduardo Lopez Busquets during a visit to Mashhad.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/sponsered-content/95431/iran-spain-ready-to-improve-agritourism-ties

Iran’s First Tourism Startup Accelerator Launched

Iran’s First Tourism Startup Accelerator Launched

Iran’s First Tourism Startup Accelerator Launched

A tourism startup accelerator was launched on Tuesday by Iran’s Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) in cooperation with Allameh Tabataba’i University to support companies active in the gradually growing sector. Based in Tehran, the accelerator will provide tourism startups with financial support, shared working place, and legal and financial counseling. The accelerator will also help startups write business and marketing strategy, Cultural Heritage and Tourism News website (CHTN.ir) reported. On its website (sisootech.com), the accelerator has announced that it is willing to support all startups —developed or seed-stage — in the fields of tourism, cultural heritage and handicrafts.

Source: financialtribune.com/articles/sci-tech/95828/irans-first-tourism-startup-accelerator-launched

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

The Irish Times

Iran adventure: A taste of traditional Persia

Iran adventure: A taste of traditional Persia

Iran adventure: A taste of traditional Persia

It’s barely dawn but the airport is teeming with travellers. After all that wardrobe planning it’s amusing to pass an Iranian woman in tight leather pants and knee-high boots. It’s my first lesson that there are many rules to life in Iran, but they vary significantly, depending on who you are and how you choose to interpret them , a fact that appears to be accepted as part of life by Iranians.

Source: www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/long-haul/iran-adventure-a-taste-of-traditional-persia-1.3705786

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/

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

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

Tehran Times

Iranian-Italian team resumes restoration project on Pasargadae

 Iranian-Italian team resume project on Pasargadae

 Iranian-Italian team resume project on Pasargadae

A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists and restorers have commenced a new round of conservation project on Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Iran.

Source: www.tehrantimes.com/news/429485/Iranian-Italian-team-resume-project-on-Pasargadae

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/

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/

The Algemeiner

New York Times, Under Pressure, Suspends Luxury Tours To Iran

New York Times, Under Pressure, Suspends Luxury Tours To Iran

New York Times, Under Pressure, Suspends Luxury Tours To Iran

A booking representative for the Times Journeys explained that the Times Iran tour had been put “on the shelf for the next year or two,” the result of “just a change in the kind of direction that we wanted to go with the travel program.”

Source: www.algemeiner.com/2018/11/09/new-york-times-under-pressure-suspends-luxury-tours-to-iran/