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Russia lifts visas for tourists from Iran, 17 other countries

- Russia says it has lifted visa restrictions for tourists and businessmen from Iran as well as 17 other countries for trips to the country's Far East. The announcement was made by Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as reported by Sputnik news agency. - 4/19/17

Is it safe to travel to Iran?

- It happened on my second day in Tehran. As I ambled into the National Jewellery Museum for a glimpse of Iran's crown jewels, a woman in black started gesturing at me with a burst of angry words. My heart just stopped. Is this the notorious Iranian morality police? My tour guide rushed over with a tight smile. "She says you have your sweater on wrong, it's inside-out." -Hariati Azizan, Star2 - 4/18/17

Iran moves into flourishing ecotourism market

- The ecotourism market in Iran has witnessed a growth over the past couple of years, drawing more domestic and foreign backpackers to the pristine and relatively undisturbed natural areas of the country. Some 530 ecotourism projects have been implemented since the current administration took office in 2013, Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Zahra Ahmadipour said on April 11. - 4/17/17

At US competition, Iranian law students 'surprised' by reception

- For seven young Iranians participating in an international moot court competition April 9-15 in Washington, success consisted of simply getting here... The Iranian law students told Al-Monitor they are gratified by the warm reception they have received. -Barbara Slavin, Al Monitor - 4/17/17

VACATION IN IRAN

- In the nineteen-eighties, when I was a child, my family rarely took vacations. There had been a revolution in Iran, and there was a war on. Most of our trips were to the gardens of family and friends; a couple of times we went to Shomal, as the green band of forests south of the Caspian Sea is known. In those days, travelling was all about us pleasing the group. -New Yorker - 4/17/17

Iran's first ever cruise ship completes maiden voyage in Persian Gulf

- Iran says its first cruise ship since the 1979 Islamic Revolution has completed its maiden trip and docked in the Persian Gulf resort island of Qeshm. The ship - which reports said were built in Sweden - carried more than 200 passengers on the 127-kilometre voyage from Kish, Iran's other main resort island. The trip - that was made overnight -reportedly took around 12 hours. - 4/15/17

Boeing Reportedly Moves Closer To Delivering First Passenger Jets To Iran Air

- Iran's official IRNA news agency says U.S. plane-maker Boeing will deliver two 777 passenger jets to Iran within the next month, one of the first major U.S. business deliveries with Iran after years of Western sanctions. - 4/10/17

Iranian tourist visits to Russia up by 72% in 2016

- Roughly 67,000 Iranians visited Russia in 2016, a solid growth of 72 percent compared to a year earlier, Russia Beyond the Headlines reported on April 5. Russians expect around 100,000 Iranians to visit the country this year, the report added, noting most travelers (about 95 percent) are usually interested in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The next popular destination is the Golden Ring. - 4/10/17

Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians

- As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ready access to legal counsel and insist they be promptly released from custody. - 4/6/17

Iran's Aseman Airlines seals new $3B deal with Boeing for purchase of 60 planes

- Iran has signed a new agreement with US aviation giant Boeing for buying dozens of the company's twinjet narrow-body passenger planes. The agreement involves the purchase of 30 Boeing 737 MAX planes as well as the purchase rights for an additional 30 planes of the same class. It was signed between Iran's Aseman Airlines and Boeing in Tehran, the country's IRNA news agency reported. - 4/4/17

The charming Qasr-e Khorshid (Sun Palace) in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province

- The 18th-century Qasr-e Khorshid (the Sun Palace) is a tourist destination in Razavi Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran. It was once a temporary home to the famed Afsharid ruler Nader Shah (r. 1736-1747) and his family. - 4/3/17

Is it foolish for a woman to cycle alone across the Middle East?

- When Rebecca Lowe set off solo from the UK for Iran by bicycle, her friends thought she had taken leave of her senses. But although she had to endure gropers, extreme heat and heavy-handed police, most of the people she met were a long way removed from stereotypes. -BBC - 4/2/17

Photos: The Historic Golestan Palace in Tehran

- The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Palace of Flowers) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's Historic Arg (citadel). The Arg was built during the reign of Tahmasb I (r. 1524-1576) of the Safavid dynasty (1502-1736), and was later renovated by Karim Khan Zand (r. 1750-1779). Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital. The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925) Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family. - 3/31/17

The unfathomable soul of Iran

- The very first time I travelled to Iran, I was absolutely amazed at how open and inclusive its community was, how safe the country was and how astonishingly beautiful. Sadly, it is blatantly misrepresented in most Western media, a tendency I would gladly counter as a journalist in the making. -Katya Bohdan - 3/31/17

Woman says Iranian sister detained at PDX; ACLU says she was taken to jail

- PORTLAND, Oregon - A local woman went to pick up her sister at the airport Tuesday afternoon, but told KATU News her sister was denied entry even though she had a tourist visa. "I'm in shock. How can they treat us like that?" Leila Ahranjani said. "Imagine you want to go visit a country, you get off the plane, you're excited to see your nieces after 5, 6 years and then they take her." -KATU - 3/29/17

Iran eyes tourism as a fertile source of revenue

- Iran regards tourism a fertile source of generating wealth, seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. Based on official figures compiled by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, foreign tourist arrivals in Iran has been more than double that of the global average since the implementation of the deal. -Afshin Majlesi - 3/27/17

Photos: Persepolis Hosts Norooz Tourists

- One of the favorite destinations for Iranians traveling during the Persian New Year Norooz holidays is the the ancient ruins of Persepolis. Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BCE). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. -Amin Berenjkar - 3/25/17

Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order

- In the heart of Persian Square, in West Los Angeles, everyone is getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, when family members visit each other.Normally it's the busy season for the travel agencies that cater to the Iranian community. But not this year. President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travelers who do not currently have visas from six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months is scheduled to take effect on March 16.Among the six countries on the travel order is Iran. -Elizabeth Lee, VOA - 3/15/17

Photos: 2nd Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

- A second airplane purchased by Iran through a major post-sanctions deal with the European aviation giant Airbus has landed in the capital, Tehran. The Airbus A330-200 took off from the French city of Toulouse on Saturday and landed at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport later in the day. - 3/11/17

Photos: Norooz Celebration in Kurdish Village of Palangan

- The arrival of spring coincides with the beginning of the Persian New Year Norooz. This is a festive occasion for Iranians and many other countries in the region. People in different parts of Iran celebrate Norooz with their local customs and traditions. One of the most joyful and colorful celebrations is held at the village of Palangan in Iran's Kurdestan province -Mosleh Pirkhezranyan - 3/10/17

Azerbaijan and Iran launch rail link

- Concurrent with the visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to Tehran, the 10-kilometer Astara (Iran)-Astara (Azerbaijan) railway line project began its trial operation successfully on Sunday. With the commissioning of this railroad as well as the completion of Rasht-Astara railway line project, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be connected to Europe's rail network via Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijan will get direct access to the Persian Gulf. - 3/5/17

Iran's Abbasi: The Middle East's most beautiful hotel

- The most beautiful hotel in Iran?: Iran's oldest hotel might also be the country's, if not the region's, most beautiful. The Abbasi, which opened in the 1700s, represents authentic Persian design. -CNN - 3/3/17

Photos: Salt Dome in Qom, Iran

- Qom salt dome (Kuh-e Namak), a natural wonder covering an area of over 1 square miles, is located about 10 miles from the city of Qom on the road to Jafarieh. The salt dome houses a small lake which adds to its attraction. -Ahmad Zohrabi - 2/24/17

Sukhoi near deal to sell Superjet 100s to Iran

- Iran says Russia's planemaker Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company is moving closer to a deal to sell its Superjet 100 aircraft to the country. Maqsoud As'adi Samani, the secretary of the Association of Iranian Airlines, was quoted by the domestic media as saying that Sukhoi had already started technical talks to obtain a license from the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to sell the planes to Iran. - 2/14/17

The "Ambassadors Of Peace" In Iran

- Iran hosted around 320 tour guides from about 40 countries in the 17th World Federation of Tour Guides Association (WFTGA) Convention. The event took place from January 28 to February 1, 2017 in Tehran. In the 3-day pre-convention tour around 160 guests visited the historical cities of Qazvin, Zanjan, and Hamedan, enjoying traditional foods, handicrafts, and also folk music. - 2/9/17

Hoz-e Sultan, a gigantic natural mirror in central Iranian plateau

- Hoz-e Sultan, a lonely salt lake in the heart of Iran, resembles a gigantic natural mirror as its shallow water covers a vast plain of salt deposits. It is the epicenter of a relatively rich fauna as well. Sprawled about 40 kilometers north of the city of Qom and adjacent to the Qom - Tehran highway, the lake covers 37,075 hectares. With an altitude of about 720 meters above sea level, the lake is considered as one of the lowest parts of the Iranian plateau. - 2/7/17

VIDEO: Foreign Tour Guides Describe Iran With Body Language

- The 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Convention was held in Tehran from January 28 to February 1, 2017. On the sidelines of the convention, the international tour guides were asked to describe their journey to Iran with body language gestures. - 2/6/17

Trump Issues Sweeping Anti-Immigration Orders Barring Syrians, Muslims

- U.S. President Donald Trump has issued orders indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from the United States and temporarily suspending visits from a wide swathe of other Muslim countries. The White House said the countries targeted were Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. - 1/28/17

Iran's President Rouhani: Today, No Time of Building Walls Between Nations

- President Hassan Rouhani of Iran says today is not the age of building walls between countries. "Today is not the time of wall-raising between nations. Have they forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed years ago?" President Rouhani said in an apparent reference to US government officials, who have been planning to build a wall on the Mexican border. "[Even] if there is a wall between nations, it has to be removed," the Iranian chief executive said. - 1/28/17

Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S. Immigration Ban

- Anticipating an executive order from the White House to temporarily shut off Iranians' access to U.S. visas and other avenues to immigration, Iranians have voiced frustration with being targeted for exclusion alongside citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries where conflicts are raging. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/27/17

Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth

- Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016. - 1/20/17

PHOTOS: 'Historic Day' as Iran's first Airbus jet lands in Tehran

- The first of 100 planes that Iran is expected to receive through a landmark deal with the European aviation giant Airbus has landed in the country's capital Tehran. The arrival of the plane - Iran's first new aircraft in about four decades - was marked by a special ceremony to celebrate what is seen as a historic day in the country's aviation industry. - 1/13/17

IranAir Takes Delivery Of First Airbus Passenger Jet

- The head of IranAir has taken delivery in France of the first Western airliner under an international sanctions deal. The 189-seat A321 was handed over in a January 11 ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. "It's a new, magnificent chapter and a great day" for ties between Iran and Europe, IranAir Chief Executive Officer Farhad Parvaresh said. - 1/12/17

Exploring the Iranian outback

- VENTURING off the usual rainforests and hiking trails for a change, we bring you a story about the canyons and unusual landscapes of Iran. Back in November and December, my travel partner Natasha and I travelled through Iran, and while the big names like Isfahan and Shiraz beckoned, our target was the island of Hormuz, off Bandar Abbas in the south. -The Star - 1/11/17

Iran Accepts First Airbus Passenger Jet

- Iran has accepted its first new Airbus passenger jet, and the A321 aircraft is expected to be delivered within a few days. Iran has ordered some 200 commercial airliners, including 80 from U.S. producer Boeing, since the sanctions were eased in exchange for restrictions on Iran's controversial nuclear program. - 1/8/17

PHOTOS: Mehrastan Castle in Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran

- Mehrastan Historic Castle located in Sistan and Baluchistan province dates back to more than 400 years ago. The castle is on the verge of destruction and needs special attention of officials to allocate budget for repair. - 1/1/17

Train from Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan to Mashhad, Iran launched

- Iran has launched a direct passenger train service between its northeastern city of Mashhad and Azerbaijan's isolated enclave of Nakhchivan - a move which is expected to provide the landlocked region with a wide access to Iran's national rail network. - 12/30/16

PHOTOS: Foreign Tourists Visiting Historical Houses In Kashan, Iran

- Since the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers in July 2015, there has been a big jump in travel by foreign tourists to Iran. One of the favorite destinations for the tourists is Kashan in central Iran where they can visit numerous historical houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that illustrate the finest examples of architecture from the Qajar era. - 12/26/16

Iran Tourism: Myth vs. Fact

- The stigma that Iran is a dangerous place where Western tourists - and particularly Americans - are neither welcomed, nor permitted to visit the country, could not be farther from the truth. Where does this stigma come from? For one thing, when Americans picture Iran, they tend to envision scenes from the 1979 hostage crisis or the stereotypical cries of "Death to America" that they have seen in the U.S. media. However, these perceptions do not reflect the reality on the ground. -Gabriella Butler, AIC - 12/23/16

Iran Air Finalizes Purchase Of 100 Airbus Planes Worth $18 Billion

- Airbus and Iran Air have finalized a deal for 100 planes worth $18 billion in a boost for an Iranian economy hobbled by years of sanctions. Airbus said on December 22 that deliveries will begin early next year. The contract includes single-aisle A320 and A330 jets and wide-body A350 XWB planes. - 12/23/16

Photos: Zoroastrians "Towers of Silence" in Yazd

- Amongst enigmatic tourist destinations in Iran are two Zoroastrian 'Towers of Silence' that are nested on top of two lonely, barren hilltops in southern outskirts of the city of Yazd, which has long been a center of Zoroastrianism in the country. In accordance with ancient Zoroastrian beliefs that accentuates on purity of the earth, dead bodies were not directly buried but left in these uncovered stone towers so that birds of prey could pick the bones clean. - 12/22/16

Iran Expects First Airbus Jet In Mid-January

- Iran expects to receive its first jet next month under a multibillion-dollar deal with Airbus for 100 planes, a senior Iranian official said. Deputy Iranian Roads and Urban Development Minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan told Reuters in an interview that the negotiations with Airbus have been finalized and that the deal is expected the be signed on December 20 or 21. - 12/20/16

Historical Seb Castle stands tall in southeastern Iran

- The historical Seb Castle, with a height of 23 meters, stands tall as one of the tourist attractions in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. Seb Castle is constructed of clay and mortar blend with loads of sticky plant seeds. In some parts wooden slabs cut from palm trees have been used to strengthen the overall layout, enabling it to withstand the natural disasters in particular mellow seismic vibrations. - 12/19/16

Iran finalizes deal with Airbus to buy 100 planes

- The Iranian flag carrier, Iran Air, says it has finalized a much-awaited contract with the European aviation giant Airbus to purchase 100 aircraft. Iran Air will receive seven or eight planes from Airbus in 2017, Farhad Parvaresh, the managing director of the airline told reporters on Sunday. - 12/18/16

Iran's Aseman Airlines to get Airbus planes

- Iran's Aseman Airlines says it is working on a plan to renovate its fleet by procuring a series of planes from the world's largest aerospace corporation Boeing, European aviation giant Airbus and even Russia's Sukhoi aircraft builder. - 12/16/16

Tehran to Host New Iran Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

- Iran, the 18th largest economy in the world, is to host the first Iran Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (IHTIC), a top-level gathering of international investors, owners, operators, developers and government officials. Under the 2025 Tourism Vision plan, Iran is expecting to increase the number of tourism arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million by 2025. - 12/15/16

PHOTOS: Shahzadeh Garden, A Jewel In The Desert

- The historical Shazdeh (Prince) Garden is located in the Kerman desert near Mahan. The Garden is a fine example of Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate. This magnificent garden known as "a corner in heaven" has been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. - 12/13/16

Guide to skiing and snowboarding in Iran

- While not the first destination that comes to mind for powder hounds, skiing in Iran is a growing choice for those keen to ride somewhere different in a country rich in culture off the slopes. With sanctions easing, the country is expected to open up even further and attract even more skiers to its slopes in the Alborz Mountain Range near the capital Tehran. Moreover, the cheap prices mean that powder chasers can go easy on the hip pocket while enjoying famous Iranian hospitality. -Snow Season Central. - 12/13/16

PHOTOS: The Historic Resket Tower in Sari, Iran

- The Resket Tower is located in the city of Sari (Dodangeh District) in Iran's Mazandaran province. The tower dates back to the 11th century. With its conical dome, this cylindrical brick tower is believed to have been built near the impact site of a meteorite and is the tomb of Bavandid (651-1349) royal. The tower is 18 meters high and nearly 15 meters wide at its base. The tower has Kufic and Sassanid inscriptions as well as unique moqarnas decorations below its dome. - 12/12/16

PHOTOS: The Saint Stepanos Monastery In The Mountains Of Northwest Iran

- The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province in northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era (1501-1736) after several earthquakes damaged it. - 12/11/16

Caravan of the Arts: IRAN 2017

- I am excited to announce that we are going back to visit IRAN in 2017 and we are inviting several of our friends to join us! We have planned 2 special trips to Iran next year in partnership with AltruVistas (sustainable travel organization) and benefitting the OMID Foundation (charity/rehab facility for disadvantaged young women in Iran). I am thrilled to be leading these trips to introduce new people to my ancestral homeland. -Afshin Shirazian - 12/1/16

Next stop, Shiraz: How Iran is becoming a hot tourism destination

- UNESCO sites, desert treks, ski and shopping jaunts -- these are among the attractions drawing millions each year to Iran. Still, all is not smooth sailing. -Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz - 11/29/16

Iran Unveiled; By Wendell Rodricks

- Wendell Rodricks, fashion designer, writer and environmental activist from Goa, shares what he learned about Iran on his recent trip with Cox & Kings (published in HT and Mumbai Mirror). And no, it's probably not what you expected... - 11/27/16

Death toll in train collision in Semnan, Iran reaches 44

- At least 44 died and 100 got wounded after two passenger trains collided in Iran's north-central province of Semnan. So far, 80 of the injured have been transferred to nearby hospitals and 20 got outpatient care, IRNA quoted Mostafa Mortazavi, an official with Iran's Red Crescent Society as saying. - 11/26/16

PHOTOS: 31 people die in train collision in north-central Iran

- More than 30 people have lost their lives and dozens of others have been injured after two passenger trains collided at a station in Iran's north-central province of Semnan. According to local officials, the collision happened at the Haf-Khan station near the city of Shahroud around 7:40 a.m. local time on Friday. - 11/25/16

Lut Desert provides tourism development opportunity: Iranian Official

- The Lut Desert, one of the two deserts dominating the landscape of eastern Iran, has got what it takes to lure travelers considering its geological uniqueness. Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, the scorching Lut, is a mix of sand and salt. Its calming silence is also amazingly attractive. - 11/18/16

Iran to receive first Airbus jet by 2016 end

- Javad Hashemi Tehrani, the managing director of Aviation Parts Holding Company of Iran, told the domestic media that the Airbus which is expected to be delivered to Iran will be the first of 17 planes that the US Treasury Department has allowed to be sold to Iran. - 11/17/16

Shiraz, Vienna direct flights to be launched soon

- An Aviation official has announced that Shiraz-Vienna direct flights will be soon performed aiming to boost aviation ties with major European airlines. - 11/14/16

US Tour Company Booking Luxury Trips to Iran

- One luxury tour company in the U.S. is promoting a new trip to the country for those willing to take the risk, describing it as the first opportunity to see an Iran opening up to the West after last year's nuclear deal. -AP - 11/11/16

Iran's Chabahar hosts first sea travelers

- Iran says it has launched the first passenger terminal at its only oceanic port thus making it possible to directly host visitors from Pakistan, India, Oman and beyond. The terminal at Chabahar Port which has a total capacity of 400 passengers per day was inaugurated on Wednesday when a ship arrived from Oman's Muscat carrying over two dozen people. - 11/10/16

Luxurious Golden Eagle to resume excursions to Iran

- The Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, a prestigious European operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, is scheduled to run new rounds of its services that offers extensive excursions throughout Iran. - 11/9/16

28 dead as bus carrying Iranian pilgrims falls into valley

- Twenty-eight people were killed and 19 injured late on Tuesday when a bus heading from the city of Yazd in Iran to the holy city of Karbala in Iraq fell into a valley. - 11/9/16

Tabriz historic bazaar complex: A melting pot of tradition, trade, and culture

- Tabriz historic bazaar complex, a labyrinth of interconnected covered passages that adds up to about 5 kms, has been a melting pot of cultural exchange since antiquity and once a hot spot on the ancient Silk Road. - 11/1/16

Nasir al-Molk Mosque: Magestic and Historic

- Located in downtown Shiraz lies the elegant Nasir al-Molk Mosque, which boasts extensive colored tilework and glass on its facade as well as exquisite architecture inside. Completed in the end of the 19th century, it is one of the most photographed mosques in southern Iran. - 10/29/16

KLM Airlines resumes flights to Iran

- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, has officially resumed flights to Iran after a hiatus of over three years. The first flight of the company in its new Iran service period landed in Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) on Saturday evening, Iran's local media reported. - 10/23/16

Iran becoming a major destination for European tourists: EU Official

- The European Union commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship said on Tuesday that Iran is being turned into a major tourism destination for European travelers. Although some sticking points, such as investment problems, still remain with the EU side, but "The EU in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization and other global establishments tries to overcome the barriers," said Elzbieta Bienkowska - 10/20/16

Iran tourism for women: Safe or not safe?

- With sanctions on Iran being relaxed and airlines including British Airways reintroducing direct flights to Tehran, Iran is once again attracting foreign businesses and travellers. Having just returned from a one-month self-drive tour of the country, I can assure you the destination has much to offer. -Justine Oliver, ETN - 10/20/16

Iran CAPA Aviation Summit - hope turns to frustration, but optimism remains as growth abounds

- When CAPA - Centre for Aviation held its first conference in Iran at the end of Jan-2016 the atmosphere was primarily one of optimism. Immediately preceding the conference the expectation was that Iran and the West would move to rapidly reverse decades of estrangement. The first round of sanctions against Iran had come down - in line with the historic 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the '5+1' powers - and major airlines and aircraft manufacturers were coming to the table. -CAPA - 10/19/16

Tax exemption to incentivize tourism investment in Iran

- Iran will grant years of tax exemption to both domestic and foreign businesses and individuals as an incentive for ramping up investments in its tourism sector, Deputy Economy Minister Mohammad Khazaei said on Sunday. - 10/5/16

Two weeks in Iran

- Many delights and surprises await the western traveller to Iran, the modern-day Persia. I returned from a two-week lecture tour in early September on a journey that took me from Tehran then south to Isfahan, the cultural jewel of Iran. From there I travelled to Saadat Shahr (a small town in the south) and finally to Shiraz and to the nearby ancient ruined city of Persepolis, built by King Darius from about 520 BC but ransacked by Alexander the Great some two centuries later. -John Hearnshaw, Stuff - 10/3/16

Foreign tourist visits fetches Iran $24B in 3.5 years: Official

- Some $24 billion came into Iran over the past three and a half years because of foreign tourists, the deputy director of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed, said on Monday. More than 16 million foreign tourists have visited the country during the mentioned period, ISNA quoted him as saying. Each traveler has, therefore, spent $1,500 on average in the country, Rahmani-Movahhed explained. - 9/29/16

President Rouhani: Governments encouraging citizens to visit 'safe' Iran

- Iran's huge investment in security has borne fruit which include drawing foreign investment and tourists, said President Hassan Rouhani. Speaking at a ceremony to mark World Tourism Day (Sept. 27), he said, "Today, even the governments which used to issue warnings to their citizens against traveling to Iran, now acknowledge that Iran is a secure tourist destination." - 9/27/16

Tehran on Mastercard's top ten fastest growing destinations list

- Tehran comes ninth among the top ten fastest growing destination cities, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index report which released on September 22. The bustling yet historical Iranian capital has witnessed a growth of 12.98 percent in terms of the international overnight visitor arrivals - 9/27/16

Airplanes collide in minor accident in Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport

- Two Iranian passenger planes belonging to Mahan Air and Iran Air collided in Imam Khomeini Airport on Tuesday, an official said. Spokesman for the Civil Aviation Organization Reza Jafarzadeh told IRNA that the incident was a minor one which caused no casualties. - 9/27/16

Inside Iran: Middle East marvel has been off limits for years but is now welcoming Westerners with open arms

- The scorching desert sun has just set behind the majestic, centuries-old Khaju Bridge. But its ancient arches now glow bright yellow in the night sky and set the scene for a wonderful spectacle. The people of Isfahan meet beneath the lights here - and on the Zayandeh River's other crossings - every evening to socialise. -Ben Rankin, The Mirror, UK - 9/24/16



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