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U.S. Court Allows Ban On Some Travelers From Iran, Other Countries To Take U.S. President Donald Trump signing his original executive order on travel

- A U.S. appeals court is allowing President Donald Trump's latest executive order barring certain travelers from Iran and five other predominantly Muslim countries to take effect. The ruling on November 13 upholds the part of Trump's September 24 order which bars entry by people from Iran and the other countries if they do not have close connections in the United States. - 11/14/17

ATR says to deliver 8 more planes to Iran soon

- European plane maker ATR says it plans to deliver eight more turboprop planes to Iran within the next few weeks. The announcement was made by ATR Chief Executive Officer Christian Scherer who said the deliveries would be made under export licenses issued by the US Treasury Department following the lifting of international nuclear-related sanctions against Iran in 2016. - 11/14/17

Is Iran the world's greatest untapped skiing destination?

- For most skiers and snowboarders the idea of an off-piste paradise normally conjures up thoughts of Alaska's majestic peaks, Verbier's world-famous freeride terrain or Japan's legendary powder fields. Many, forgivably, would not consider looking to the mountains of Iran. -Lucy Aspden, Telegraph - 10/19/17

City of Yazd, manifestation of ancient civilization

- Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and is the second historical city after Venice, Italy. Yazd in central Iran has been a manifestation of the brightest cultural heritage and ancient civilization throughout history with human settlement in Yazd dating back to the third millennium BCE. - 10/18/17

Lawsuit Argues Trump's Latest Travel Ban Continues to Target Iranian Americans, Exacerbates Harm of Previous Travel Ban Orders

- A new court filing in federal court in Washington D.C. challenging President Trump's latest iteration of the travel ban seeks to protect Iranian Americans in the United States and abroad. The lawsuit, filed by three prominent Iranian-American organizations as well as 13 individual plaintiffs, outlines the ways the policy is hurting families, professional and business opportunities, as well as the expansive Iranian-American community. - 10/12/17

About Half A Million Road Accident Deaths In Iran In Two Decades

- Taghi Mehri, Iran's police chief announced that 459,000 lost their lives in traffic accidents in Iran within less than two decades since 1998. According to Mehri, more than 4.5 million people were injured in accidents during the same time. Considering that in the last 19 years Iran's population has been between 70 and 80 million, this number constitutes a high rate of accident casualties. - 10/7/17

Iran Air to expand regional flights deploying new ATR planes

- The CEO of Iran's national flag-carrier Iran Air said Iran will utilize the newly received ATR passenger jets purchased from the European plane maker ATR to expand regional flights, IRIB news reported. Farzaneh Sharafbafi made the remarks answering questions of the reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held for receiving two ATR planes at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on Thursday. - 10/2/17

The Muddled Trump's Travel Ban

- The Trump administration's travel ban is in its third version, and it still does not respond convincingly to the ostensible need it was supposed to address. The supposed purpose itself is unclear. The latest version introduces additional confusion about the purported objective, even without getting into the real motivations behind it. -Paul Pillar - 10/1/17

Iran Air receives two new ATR planes

- Franco-Italian aviation player ATR has delivered two more turboprop planes to Iran's national flag-carrier airline Iran Air thus bringing the total number of deliveries to six from a package of 20. The planes landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport Thursday morning. - 9/29/17

Banning Grandmas Only Hurts American Families

- A smiling, young woman in a gown is leaning over so her tiny grandmother can give her a kiss. A grandmother is preparing torshee, pickles, in a jar as she looks on. After taking a cigarette drag, a grandmother laughs without a care in the world. These are the many faces of the grandmas impacted by President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0, that was issued in an proclamation on September 24. -Holly Dagres, Huffington Post - 9/29/17

Petition to U.S. Congress: Rescind the Muslim Ban Immediately #NoMuslimBanEver

- Now more than ever, we must stand unified in the face of Donald Trump's attempts to ban us and divide us. That's why NIAC Action has teamed up with 12 major civil rights organizations opposing Trump's Muslim ban to demand that Congress take action to stop the ban. - 9/28/17

Trump's New Travel Ban: Collective Punishment of the Iranian People

- The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) strongly condemns the new travel ban announced by the Trump administration on September 24, 2017 targeting citizens of Iran and seven other countries. The new travel ban's indiscriminate and arbitrary impact on Iranian citizens is unjustified and a gift to Iranian hardliners who want to isolate their population and prevent engagement with the outside world, CHRI said today. - 9/27/17

Rights Groups Decry New Travel Restrictions: 'This Is Still A Muslim Ban'

- President Donald Trump's third attempt to restrict travel to the United States from a handful of countries is just as xenophobic as the previous ones, refugee advocates and human rights groups lamented. "This is still a Muslim ban - they simply added three additional countries," Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, said in a statement of the new restrictions, which were issued on Sunday. -Huffington Post - 9/26/17

Iranian-Americans Condemn Trump's Travel Ban

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have issued press releases condemning Trump administration's new travel ban targeting Iranians. - 9/25/17

Trump's New Travel Ban Targets Iran; Adds North Korea, Venezuela

- President Donald Trump has issued new restrictions on people trying to enter the United States from eight nations -- adding North Korea and Venezuela to a list that also includes Iran -- to replace his expiring travel ban. Trump signed a proclamation on September 24 implementing a range of restrictions that will apply to citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela. - 9/25/17

Italian scholars publish book on Iranian architecture

- Three Italian scholars have published their latest research on Iranian architecture in a book titled "Through Iran: Cities, Architecture, Landscapes" (Attraverso l'Iran. Citta, architetture, paesaggi). Manfredi Edizioni in the Italian city Imola is the publisher of the book, which carries materials that Alessandra De Cesaris, Giorgio Di Giorgio and Laura Valeria Ferretti gathered about Iranian architecture during several trips to the country since 2010. - 9/18/17

US House votes to block aircraft sales to Iran

- The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of new measures that block sales of commercial aircraft to Iran, ignoring some lawmakers' warnings that the hostile move would undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers. - 9/14/17

Over 4.9 million foreign travelers visited Iran in 2016: UNWTO

- The number of international tourist arrivals to Iran stood at 4.9 million in 2016, falling 5.6 percent from a year earlier and showing the first decline since 2013, according to the latest UNWTO Tourism Highlights report released on August 15. - 9/12/17

11 Iranians die after bus plunges into valley in northeast Tehran

- Eleven were killed and 28 others injured after a bus rolled over into a valley in Jajrood, northeast Tehran. The incident happened at 2:30 a.m local time Tuesday when the driver of the bus lost control and the vehicle plunged into a 50-meter deep valley, IRIB reported. - 9/12/17

Each tourist means 30 barrels of oil in revenues for Iran

- Every single foreign tourist visiting Iran spends an average of $1,200, bringing in income as much as exporting 30 barrels of oil, the Iranian tourism chief said in a meaningful comparison as the country seeks to cut reliance on oil incomes. "Tourism [boom] will have a significant impact on job creation," Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. - 9/4/17

Iran's City of Yazd revels in tourism surge

- The central Iranian province of Yazd is on track to welcome more tourists by registering a major boost in the number of its ecolodges and inscribing its historical capital on the UNESCO World Heritage list. "The time is ripe for tourism growth across the province as the sum of all its travel-associated indicators have improved over the past four years," Tasnim quoted Seyyed Mohammad Mirmohammadi, the province's governor general, as saying on Monday. - 9/3/17

Iran's Kish Airline to buy Boeing, Airbus planes

- Iran's Kish Airline has announced an ambitious plan to purchase over a dozen new planes from global aviation giant Airbus and Boeing. Kish Airline CEO Mohammad Taqi Jadidi was quoted by the domestic media that the plan envisaged buying 10 planes from Boeing and 6 more from Airbus. - 8/29/17

PHOTOS: Khazineh Canyon, A Tourist Hub In Western Iran

- Darreh Khazineh is a steep canyon located in western Iranian province of Lorestan. Some refer to this natural wonder as Iran's Grand Canyon. People use an elevated suspension bridge that spans Darreh Khazineh over Seymareh River to cross the canyon. The 112-meter-long bridge, with an altitude of more than 85 meters, is said to be the highest in the Middle East. - 8/28/17

Iran says above 1,400 planes cross its skies daily

- Iran says at least 1,400 planes cross its skies everyday - an announcement that a top military official in Tehran says is a proof of the country's airspace security for regional and transregional airliners. "Today, Iran has been chosen [by airliners] as the safest air corridor in the Middle East," Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, the commander of Iran's Air Defense Force, was quoted as saying by the domestic media. - 8/25/17

Russians To Finance 1 Billion Euro Rail Electrification In Iran

- A Russian bank has agreed to provide 1 billion euros to electrify a 500 km railway route in northern Iran, state news agency IRNA has quoted a senior official as saying. Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways for northern network, Yusef Gheranpasha, said the bank will finance the electrification of the line between the cities of Garmsar and Gorgan. - 8/23/17

PHOTOS: Takht-e Soleyman, a 3000-year-old relic

- The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman (recognized as a World Heritage Site), in north-western Iran, is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita. The site has important symbolic significance. -Aryan Nasrollahi - 8/22/17

Historical Pol-e Khaju Bridge in Isfahan: Architecturally interesting, visually appealing

- To experience Isfahan, a vibrant tourist city in central Iran, it is most magical to walk across Pol-e Khaju at sunset when the 17th-century bridge is lit by glorious colors. A total of 23 arches, decorative motifs and tiles, adjoining arcades and an octagonal pavilion embedded right in the middle are amongst main features of the picturesque bridge that spans Zayandeh-Rood, one of the largest rivers in the central Iranian Plateau. - 8/22/17

Iran considers rustic charm to buttress tourism sector

- Iran seeks to make the best use of its rich rural landscape as an approach to promote its budding tourism sector with pinpointing over 5000 villages with considerable tourism potentials across the large country. - 8/21/17

Flow of American tourists to Iran has not slowed down

- The tourist flow from the U.S. to Iran has not been slowed down as its year-on-year rate shows no decrease in the stream, says Ebrahim Pourfaraj, the chief executive of the Iranian Tour Operators Association. He ruled out recent allegations by the U.S. State Department that claims Iran denies to grant visas to American nationals, saying, "The Iranian Foreign Ministry has maintained its previous procedure towards [applicant] American citizens despite all the threats and counteractions that the U.S. government has taken." - 8/20/17

Photos: Natanz Central Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh)

- Natanz Central Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh) is located near Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani Tomb in the city of Natanz in Iran's Isfahan province. This four-iwan central mosque is one of the best preserved of all Ilkhanid-era buildings, dating from the early 14th century. -Milad Raf'at - 8/18/17

How Donald Trump's travel ban has hit Iran's tourism renaissance

- Trump's repeated threat to withdraw the US from the nuclear agreement, achieved through years of painstaking negotiations, is creating concern that Iran will be pushed back towards isolation -Independent - 8/16/17

How a Solar Eclipse Got Me Interested in Iran

- Unless you are a space geek like me, you might not be aware that the U.S. will experience a total solar eclipse next month -- the first one to occur over the continental U.S. in over 38 years! If you are in its path (or traveling to see it), I wish you clear skies! For me, a total solar eclipse elicits memories of my first trip to Iran in 1999 when I traveled there to view the last total solar eclipse of the millennium with a group organized by Search for Common Ground. -Stephanie Lester - 8/3/17

Teahouse in Iran's Grand Bazaar may be world's smallest

- Among the thousands of shops that line the labyrinthine alleyways of Tehran's Grand Bazaar sits the Haj Ali Darvish teahouse. It's not the only teahouse in the bazaar, but having first opened in 1918, it's definitely one of the oldest. And according to some, it's also the smallest -- not just in the bazaar but in the whole world. -CNN - 8/3/17

A challenge for tourists: Babak Fort, high up in the mountains

- High in the mountains at an altitude of 2,300 meters lies the relatively well-preserved Babak fortress, a tourist destination near Kaleybar in West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran. Locally known as Qaleh Babak, it consists of several stone towers and lodging areas stretched in an area of nearly ten thousand square meters, attributed to the Sassanid-era (224-651). The fort is named after Babak Khorramdin, an Iranian warlord who managed to resist Arab invaders until his death in 838 CE. - 7/25/17

China's EXIM inks $1.5B deal for high-speed rail in Iran

- The Export-Import Bank of China (EXIM) signs a $1.5 billion deal to finance the electrification of a high-speed rail line between the Iranian cities of Tehran and Mashhad. EXIM's Vice President Sun Ping and CEO of the Bank of Industry and Mine Ali Ashraf Afkhami signed the documents in Tehran on Tuesday after "16 months of intensive talks", the Iranian official said. - 7/25/17

NIAC Action Statement on Congress Rejecting Amendments to Bar Muslim-ban Funding

- "We applaud Representatives Mark Pocan and Barbara Lee for leading the charge against the Trump administration's Muslim ban. By offering amendments to defund elements of the ban, Representatives Pocan and Senator Lee demonstrated real leadership in attempting to put an end to Congressional inaction and forego the need for further judicial intervention regarding the Muslim ban. The Pocan amendment, which came to a vote, was unfortunately defeated on a largely party line vote." - 7/19/17

PHOTOS: Minimal landscapes of Iran

- Photographer Mohammad Moheimany has captured some very beautiful pictures from natural landscapes and surrounding environments of Iran in Landscape and Minimal styles. - 7/17/17

U.S. Federal Court Rules Against Trump Restrictions On Travelers With U.S. Relatives

- A U.S. judge has ruled against the Trump administration's restrictions on refugees and travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries who have American relatives. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu said late on July 13 that people with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other American relatives currently barred by the administration should be allowed into the country. - 7/14/17

Iranian Cancer Researcher Detained At Boston Airport Despite Valid Visa

- An Iranian cancer researcher arriving in the United States to start work at a prominent Boston hospital was detained this week at Logan International Airport, the hospital has said. Boston Children's Hospital said that Mohsen Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife and three young children despite holding a J-1 visa for visiting scholars. They arrived at the airport on July 10. - 7/12/17

Iran's Qeshm Air to launch weekly Tabriz-Hamburg service

- Iran's Qeshm Air on Friday will start its maiden weekly flight connecting Tabriz to Hamburg with return legs set to be operated on Saturdays, asriran.com reported. Last November, the private airline received its TCO (third country operator) license from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), announcing five flights to Europe. - 7/12/17

New Tree-Free Heritage and Travel Magazine: "GILGAMESH"

- Arash Nooraghayee, Publisher, announced the July 2017 launch of the new 'Tree-free' English language quarterly magazine, Gilgamesh. Just like the hero who was the first traveller from the ancient epic poem with the same name, it will take its readers on a quest to arrive at transcendence. It covers Cultural Heritage and Tourism through sections discussing Geography, Lifestyle, Art, Mythology, Environment, History, etc. - 7/11/17

Iran's Kish tropical island to launch giant winter recreation hub

- Kish Free Zone Organization has started construction of a massive winter recreation center in a bid to lure more domestic and foreign travelers to the southern Iranian island, yet expand its tourism infrastructure with a regional outlook. - 7/11/17

Iran's historic city of Yazd inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the historical texture of Yazd in central Iran to its list of world heritage sites. According to the UNESCO website, the historical structure of Yazd is a collection of public-religious architecture in a very large scope comprising of different Islamic architectural elements of different periods in a harmonious combination with climatic conditions. - 7/9/17

IRAN: Laft village's Historical mansions on path to glory

- Iran's heritage body plans to lead several restoration projects at the village of Laft (map) on the southern Qeshm Island with the aim of bringing fifteen historical mansions and houses back to their heyday glory. Perched on a rocky slope in the Persian Gulf, the fishing village offers its visitors a patchwork of delightfully photogenic scenes of badgirs (wind towers) and minarets. - 7/7/17

Houston surgeon set to visit Iran again under limited travel ban

- A Houston doctor is resuming his regular trips to Iran four months after President Donald Trump's Middle East travel ban led him to cancel life-saving operations on three unborn babies there. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week to reinstate a limited portion of Trump's travel order will not affect Dr. Alireza Shamshirsaz's plans to return to Iran next month and perform fetal surgeries on four pregnant women, he said. -Houston Chronicle - 6/30/17

Iran completing 'beauty link' in North-South trade corridor

- Iran is preparing to launch what could be the country's most beautiful rail routes at the heart of a multimodal intercontinental transportation project. A railway at 205 kilometers from Qazvin to Rasht in northern Iran is near completion and could be among the last pieces of a rail link through which Russia would send its goods to India's Mumbai. - 6/29/17

Trump's Temporary Ban On Visitors From Six Nations To Take Effect June 29

- The U.S. State Department said on June 26 that it will start carrying out President Donald Trump's temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries 72 hours after it was partly reinstated by the Supreme Court. That means the measure will go into effect the morning of June 29. - 6/27/17

Iranian airlines expand intl. flights to spur tourism growth

- Iran's Mahan Air and Zagros Airlines have recently launched new direct flights to Spain and Russia respectively in a bid to accelerate the pace of tourism growth in the country. Mahan Air started flying nonstop from Tehran to Barcelona early on Thursday. "The nonstop flights from Tehran to Barcelona and vice versa will lessen travel time from 12-15 hours to only 6 hours," Hossein Hosseini, the airline's marketing manager, was quoted as saying by IRNA. - 6/25/17

​Iran's Qeshm Air to buy 10 planes from Boeing

- Only a day after two Iranian airlines announced deals to purchase planes from European aviation giant Airbus, another Iranian carrier says it has sealed a third deal to buy advanced aircraft from US plane-maker Boeing. Iran's media quoted the head of Qeshm Air as saying on Friday that the company had placed an order for 10 Boeing 737 MAX planes. - 6/23/17

Iran sets sights on arrival of 6.5 million foreign tourist this year

- Iran aims to draw some 6.5 million foreign travelers by the end of the current calendar year 1396 (March 20, 2018), though the country's tourism infrastructure and public services are in need to be improved, a senior tourism official said on Monday. In 1395, some 5.5 million travelers visited Iran, fetching about $8 billion for the country - 6/22/17

Airbus to sell 73 planes to Iranian airlines Zagros and Iran Airtour

- European aviation giant Airbus says it has signed basic agreements with two Iranian airlines over the purchase of a total of 73 planes. Airbus said in a statement that Iran's Zagros Airlines would pick up 20 aircraft from the single-aisle Airbus A320neo family and eight A330neo planes. It added that another airline, Iran Airtour, would also buy 45 planes of the A320neo type. The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. - 6/22/17

Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province lures tourism investors: Official

- Sistan-Baluchestan, a southeastern Iranian province, is more and more attracting tourism investors in particular in its ecotourism and hospitality sector, the provincial tourism chief says. A Dubai-based Iranian individual aims to invest $500 million in building a tourism town in the region, ISNA quoted Kambiz Moshtaq-Gohari as saying on Wednesday. - 6/16/17

Gilehboom Eco Lodge: Live a green life far from the hustle and bustle

- The couple Mahin Shamsikhani and Khosro Mahin-Roosta with their friend Shiva Shamshiri live a different kind of life. Although they are both engineering graduates from Tehran's Amirkabir University of Technology, they are now running an eco-lodge in a village in northern Iran. They established their eco-lodge 'Gilehboom' four years ago in Qasemabad Sofla in Gilan province and they are still happy with their decision. - 6/14/17

Iran's Aseman Airlines Concludes Purchase Of 60 Boeing Planes

- Iran's Aseman Airlines sealed a deal in Tehran on Saturday with the American manufacturer Boeing on purchasing 60 aircrafts. As per the deal, Aseman is going to receive 30 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts as of 2022 over the course of two years, ISNA reported. - 6/10/17

Iran's airspace open to Qatari flights

- With the dispute between Qatar and the Arab countries escalated, Iran has accepted flights performed by Qatari airlines to pass its airspace to travel to Africa and Europe. "The decision has been operational as of early Tuesday," said Reza Jafarzadeh, the public relations director of Iran Civil Aviation Organization. - 6/7/17

No restrictions for Americans traveling to Iran

- Problems in issuing Iran visas for U.S. nationals have been solved so that they can easily obtain the entry permission for traveling to the country, says the chief executive of the Iranian Tour Operators Association. The time of visa application for U.S. citizens has been reduced to two weeks as it took at least one month in the past, ISNA quoted Ebrahim Pourfaraj as saying on June 5. - 6/6/17

Iran's Anzali Free Zone on way to be a tourist hot spot

- Soaring numbers of travelers to Anzali Free Zone by the Caspian Sea along with ongoing efforts to boost its tourism infrastructure are sure signs that it is on track to become a bustling tourist hub in northern Iran. - 6/1/17

Visas for Muslim-Majority Countries down 20 percent under Trump

- Even though President Donald Trump's executive order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority countries was blocked by a federal appeals court on Thursday, new State Department data show that his administration has issued fewer visas to people from Arab and Muslim countries. -Newsweek - 5/27/17

Iran receives 4 new ATR planes

- Iran has received the first batch of medium-range planes that it has purchased from Franco-Italian aviation player ATR. Four ATR 72-600 turboprop planes landed in Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on a direct flight from the French city of Toulouse. - 5/17/17

Iran to tap southern coasts maritime tourism potential

- Iran aims to take advantage of southern coasts to make the best use of its maritime tourism potential by means of developing hospitality infrastructures, diversifying sea routes, and drawing private sector investors. "Constructing maritime hotels and building recreational vessels by the private sector in the country's free zones is currently on the agenda," Mana news agency quoted an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization as saying on May 10. - 5/16/17

Iran: The Sanctions Hotel

- At the height of Iran's isolation, a fashion designer and an architect attempt to turn an old mud palace into a hotel. This film chronicles the five-year struggle of architect Amir Anoushfar and designer Shadi Parand to preserve one of Iran's largest historical buildings by turning it into an international boutique hotel. -Al Jazeera - 5/15/17

Iran reports rise in number of tourists

- Iran says the number of tourists that visited the country last year increased by above 30 percent from a year earlier - what could be an indication that one of the world's top travel destinations is already finding its lost flavor after the removal of sanctions. - 5/9/17

Iranian Island of Qeshm in Persian Gulf registered as UNESCO Global Geopark

- The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has registered Iran's southern Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf on its Global Geoparks list. "The Qeshm Island has been granted the designation of UNESCO Global Geopark for a four-year period from May 5, 2017 to May 4, 2021. And the first revalidation will take place in 2020," the UNESCO official website announced on Friday. - 5/8/17

US Congress mulls crackdown on Iranian airlines

- A new legislation is circulating through US Senate that would require the government to crack down on an Iranian airline company, American media reports say. Mahan Air is the target of the measure which would require the Trump administration to provide Congress with a list of all airports where the commercial carrier has landed, the report said. - 5/6/17

New Trump's "Extreme Vetting" Proposal Raises Alarm Bells

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is profoundly concerned by the Trump administration's newly released proposal for "extreme vetting" interview questions. "Donald Trump's Muslim ban has been blocked by multiple courts so now he is attempting to circumvent the judiciary and impose a Muslim ban through new measures," said Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for NIAC. "This proposal makes America less safe and would do further damage to the values and protections that are fundamental to this country." - 5/5/17

Photos: Opening of Tehran's Milad Tower zip-line

- The Milad Tower Complex in Iran's capital city Tehran is now equipped with a zip-line at the service of visitors who seek further entertainment and excitement. -Maryam Kamyab - 5/2/17

Two German Tourists Killed In Minibus Accident In Southern Iran

- A minibus carrying German tourists overturned in southern Iran on May 1, leaving two dead and at least 17 injured, Iranian media reported. The bus driver was reported to have lost control due to high speed on a rainy road between Shiraz and Saadat Shahr, a small town about 20 kilometers from the ancient ruins of Persepolis. - 5/2/17

PHOTOS: Magnificent tile-work at Mo'aven al-Molk shrine in Kermanshah, Iran

- The Takieh Mo'aven ol-Molk is Iran's finest Hosseinieh, a distinctively Shiite shrine where plays are acted out during the Islamic month of Moharram to commemorate the martyrdom in 680 of Imam Hossein at Karbala. Enter downstairs, through a courtyard and a domed central chamber decorated with grisly scenes from the Karbala battle. -Vahid Hoseini - 5/1/17

U.S. Visas Issued To Iranians Plummet By Nearly Half From Last Year

- The United States has cut by nearly half the number of visas it has issued to citizens of Iran and other countries targeted by President Donald Trump's travel ban even though courts have prevented that ban from taking effect. - 4/28/17

Foreign tourist spent $32B in Iran in last four years

- Foreign tourists have spent some $32 billion in Iran over the past four years, said an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization. A total of 19.9 million travelers visited the country during the mentioned period (March 2013 - March 2017), IRIB quoted CHTHO Deputy Director Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed as saying on April 23. - 4/27/17

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



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