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Iran expects 'tsunami' of foreign tourists

- Iran will face a "tsunami" of foreign tourists once a nuclear agreement is concluded and sanctions on the country are lifted, an official said on Tuesday. "Nearly 20 million foreign tourists will probably visit Iran within the next five years," head of the Iran Touring and Tourism Investment Company (ITTIC) Mohsen Qarib said. - 6/16/15

Iran minister, Airbus CEO meet amid row

- Iran's Minister of Transportation and Housing Abbas Akhundi has met Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier and French government officials in Paris for talks, local media have reported. Iran's recent acquisition of nine used Airbus jets has become a contentious issue, with the US government saying it was actively working to block them. - 6/16/15

Iran Threatens to Take Legal Action If US Stops New Mahan Planes

- Iran will take legal action if Washington tries to stop newly-acquired Iranian passenger planes flying international routes, the head of the country's aviation authority said on Tuesday. -Reuters - 6/10/15

Dust storms hit one Iranian province, will soon hit others

- Eastern Azerbaijan Province has been put under emergency alert with dust storms moving into the region on Thursday June 4. Hamid Ghassemi, the head of the provincial Environment Department, said air quality in Tabriz and a number of other cities is cause for concern. - 6/5/15

Dozens Of Iraqis Killed In Iran Road Accident

- At least 24 Iraqi tourists have reportedly died after their bus plunged off a mountain road into a river valley in northern Iran. Iranian state media said at least 15 passengers were injured in the accident, which happened in the Alborz Mountains late on June 2. - 6/3/15

Luxury train carrying foreign tourists arrives in Tehran

- The Thousand and One Nights luxury train carrying more than 70 foreign tourists has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran. The group of 74 tourists was welcomed by the Deputy Head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Morteza Rahmani-Movahhed and a group of journalists at Tehran's railway station. - 6/2/15

Iran's Mahan Air to fly Airbus despite US threat

- Iran's Mahan Air will begin Wednesday using the first of eight Airbus aircraft purchased recently on the international route, the Fars news agency reported. The US government imposed sanctions on two aviation companies in Iraq and the UAE for selling the commercial aircraft to Iran. - 6/2/15

The forgotten land of colours: a trip through Iran's Persian Gulf

- Colourful mountains in shades of pink, red, purple and yellow overlook shorelines where turtles and flamingos roam or sunbathe. This is Hormuz island in the Persian Gulf, the mostly forgotten land of colours in the Strait of Hormuz, 5km from the mainland, and southeast of Bandar Abbas, major port and capital of the province of Hormuzgan. -Guardian - 5/27/15

US sanctions airlines for selling jets to Iran

- The US government has imposed sanctions on two aviation companies in Iraq and the UAE for selling used commercial aircraft to Iran. The Treasury Department designated Iraq-based Al-Naser Airlines and Sky Blue Bird Aviation in the United Arab Emirates as sanctions violators. - 5/22/15

Iran builds Mideast's highest swing bridge

- Iran has unveiled the Middle East's highest suspension bridge in the lap of nature in the northwestern Ardabil province, known for its magnificent pastures, hot mineral springs and towering mountains. The bridge over the river of Khiyav Chai in Meshginshhar is 345 meters long, suspended 80 meters above the ground. - 5/20/15

Iran plans massive rail network

- Iran wants to splurge up to $8 billion over the next six years to expand its rail network, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Netmatzadeh said. The country is struggling to catch up with its runaway urbanization which has generated daunting challenges both for the state planners and the populace. - 5/18/15

Iran adds new planes to refurbish air fleet despite bans

- Iran has added a number of new planes less than 10 years old to its air fleet in order to renovate the sector despite international sanctions imposed on the country over its peaceful nuclear program. - 5/11/15

Photos: Bayazid Bastami's tomb in the desert city of Shahroud

- Catching a glimpse of Iranian-Islamic architecture: The tomb of Bayazid Bastami in Shahroud, Semnan province of Iran, attracts many interested people. - 5/5/15

19 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Iran

- No doubt you've heard a lot about Iran in the media. And it's true, Iran is a truly evil and terrifying place. Here we present 19 reasons you should never, ever, visit this godforsaken land. -Pulptastic - 4/25/15

Official: Iran needs 500 passenger planes

- Iran needs to buy up to 500 passenger planes in the next 10 years to renovate its aging fleet, head of the country's aviation organization says. A number of plane manufactures have traveled to Iran over the past year, discussing possible agreements and assessing the market, Ali Reza Jahangirian said, without naming the airlines. - 4/18/15

Aerospace companies keen on establishing Iran footing: Official

- The head of Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) says many aircraft manufacturers have visited the country in the past year, even before the recent Tehran-P5+1 statement in Switzerland on the Iranian nuclear program, which laid the ground for further negotiations toward a comprehensive nuclear deal. - 4/17/15

Iranian airliner's engine explodes during takeoff in Turkey

- An Iranian Airbus had an engine explode while taking off from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. The pilot managed to stop the plane and evacuate the passengers while the engine was in flames, and no lives were lost. - 4/11/15

Photos: Norouz travelers flock to the ancient ruins of Persepolis

- One of the favorite destinations for Iranians traveling during the Persian New Year Norouz holidays is the the ancient ruins of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid). Persepolis 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. - 3/28/15

Iranian MPs slam approval for planes despite safety concerns

- Iranian MPs are angry that a new flight licence has been issued for Antonov airplanes before the investigation into the crash of Iran Flight 140 has concluded. Iranian MP Alinemat Chahardovali said on Saturday March 14 that such a licence is a betrayal of the rights and lives of the Iranian people, adding that the licence is not a guarantee of the airplane's security standards. - 3/16/15

Inside Iran: The road to Esfahan

- It's not often that a CNN crew gets to take a road trip through Iran, so we decided to take the scenic route on our journey from Tehran to Esfahan in the center of the country. Esfahan is a beautiful city and we set out to film a story about the religious diversity there. -Frederik Pleitgen, CNN - 3/13/15

17 German tourists rescued in Iran's Mazandaran heights

- Director of the Red Crescent Society's Rescue and Relief Agency said German tourists who were lost while hiking in the northern region of Iran have been found safe and sound. 17 German tourists along with 3 local tour guides had gone missing in mountains in the Rineh heights in Amol, Mazandaran Province, since 15:00 o'clock Monday, according to Mehr news agency. - 3/11/15

Iran Launches 2.4 Billion Euro High-Speed Rail Project

- The construction of a high-speed railway, extending about 400 kilometers from Tehran to Isfahan, started on Wednesday. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani officially launched the project during a visit to the city of Qom, which is located between Tehran and Isfahan. - 2/27/15

Hyperloop Is Real: Meet The Startups Selling Supersonic Travel

- The majestic Senate majority leader suite in the U.S. Capitol was still Harry Reid's in September when he eagerly scooched his leather chair across the Oriental rug to gaze at something that, he was told, would change transportation forever. -Bruce Upbin, Forbes - 2/23/15

American saxophonist Bob Belden impressed by Iran visit

- American saxophonist Bob Belden, who gave performances with his band Animation in Tehran, says he will never forget Iran.James Robert Belden known as Bob Belden attended the 30th Fajr International Music Festival with 'Animation' band members, and gave performances on the last day of the gala on Thursday, Persian media reported on Friday. - 2/21/15

'You Are Invited': Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists

- Two events last week suggested the conflicting currents in Iran. The country marked the anniversary of its revolution last Wednesday with the usual slogan, "Death to America." The following day, Iran opened an international tourism exhibition with a different slogan: "You are invited." -Steve Inskeep, NPR - 2/20/15

Photos: Iranian village of Esfidan

- Esfidan is a village located in Bojnourd County, North Khorasan Province in southeastern Iran. Due to its interconnected architecture, Esfidan village is known as the Masouleh of Iran's Eastern part. Masouleh is another village in north of Iran worldly known for its beautiful urban architecture. -Maryam Davarnia - 2/11/15

Hills, hairpins, harmonies: On the road in Iranian Kurdistan

- "Yavash, yavash," the small, gray-haired doctor says, leaning across from the passenger seat to put a hand on his friend's shoulder, imploring him to slow down the black Toyota as we approach another hairpin bend in the dusty road. -CNN - 1/22/15

Photos: Parasailing in Kish Island

- Kish Island lies like a pearl across the turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf and offers relaxation combined with adventure in a place unspoiled by commercialization. Jet-skiing, sailing, fishing, parasailing, reef walking, coral viewing, boating and water skiing are just a few popular ways to enjoy yourself during your visit to the Island. - 1/2/15

Couchsurfing In Tehran, How Foreign Crashers Help Iranians Escape

- Travel for Iranians is hard, which is why the young have found hosting foreigners is a way to explore the world vicariously. The latest twist to the private breaking of Iran's myriad restrictions. -Sandra Keil, World Crunch - 12/31/14

Photos: The Grief of Bam Citadel

- Bam Citadel (Arg-e Bam) is the largest adobe building in the world, located in Bam, a city in Iran's southeastern province, Kerman. Bam Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2003. After 11 years and despite various restoration operations, ruin scars remain on the Citadel. -Hamid Sadeghi - 12/29/14

Photos: The Citadel of Furg in Birjand

- The Citadel of Furg, or Arg e Furg, is a citadel from the 12th century, located in Iran's South Khorasan province 90 km east of the city of Birjand. The citadel was founded by Meerza Muhammad Rafiee Darmiany I (Lama). Materials used in the building include stone, brick, clay, gypsum, lime and mortar (Sarouj). -Mohsen Nofresti - 12/28/14

Foreign tourists visiting Tehran rise by 270 percent

- The number of foreign visitors in Tehran during the current Iranian calendar year (stated on March 21) rose by 270 percent comparing to similar period last year, said Director General of Tehran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Rajabali Khosroabadi. - 12/28/14

Photos: Wildlife of Iran's Golestan National Park

- Golestan National Park is situated in Golestan Province between the eastern parts of the Alburs Mountains and the western fringes of the Khorasan-Kopet Dag. It comprises 91,890 ha. The Park reaches from 1000 to 1400 m above sea level and has a variety of habitats -Aboutaleb Nadri - 12/23/14

Photos: Rock castle of Sirjan

- The rock castle of Sirjan belonging to the Sassanian era, 224-651 CE, is located 7km southeast of Sirjan, Kerman Province in southern Iran. This castle has been registered as one of Iran's national monuments. -Vahid Dehyadgari - 12/22/14

Flights Resume between Iranian city of Shiraz and Bahrain's capital Manama

- Direct flights between Iran's southern city of Shiraz and the Bahraini capital, Manama, were resumed after three years of suspension, the managing director of the Bahraini airline Gulf Air announced. - 12/20/14

Mortar shelling hits Karbala suburbs as 17 million pilgrims gather for Arbaeen rituals

- No Iranian was among the victims of the multiple Karbala suburb explosions Thursday night, the cause of which is cited to be mortar or mini katyusha shelling. The attacks on the largest peaceful gathering of Shia Muslims occured at a time that according to Iraqi sources at least 17 million pilgrims had arrived in Karbala until Thursday to participate in Arbaeen rituals - to be held on Saturday -- and the number is still increasing. - 12/12/14

Photos: Over one million Iranian pilgrims flock to Iraq to mark Arba'een

- Iran's Traffic Police Chief Eskandar Mo'meni on Monday estimated that more than 1,200,000 Iranians would attend this year's Arba'een procession, which falls on December 13 this year. Iranian officials have announced that more than 900,000 Iranians have entered Iraq so far. - 12/9/14

Intriguing Iran

- For most Americans, visiting Iran doesn't make it onto their vacation radar. Yet for me and my wife Harriet, experiencing the wonders of ancient Persia has topped our bucket list for quite some time. -Michael J. Solender, Charlotte Observer - 12/6/14

Photos: Iran, Turkmen, Kazakh presidents attend landmark ceremony to open joint railway

- Iranian, Turkmen and Kazakh Presidents met and conferred in Incheborun railway station on Wednesday in a landmark ceremony to celebrate putting into operation of joint railway networks. President Rouhani said the project will pave the way for economic development of the three nations and the entire region. - 12/3/14

IRAN'S FEMALE SURF PIONEERS

- In 2010, Irish surfer Easkey Britton took time off from finishing a PhD in Marine Science to surf this moonscape of a coastline (Chabahar, Iran). It was a lark, a chance to see and surf someplace new, a serious adventure. It ended up being the beginning of a brand new surf culture: the women surfers of Iran. -Surfer - 12/2/14

IAAB Announces Study Abroad in Iran: YAR Institute

- IAAB is extremely excited to announce the launch of a three-week full-immersion summer course in Iran, under its groundbreaking new initiative, the YAR Institute: Youth Advancing Research. IAAB's YAR Institute is designed to create the next generation of leaders informed and engaged on Iran. - 11/25/14

Aviation Official: 15 US Flights Using Iranian Airspace Everyday

- Managing-Director of Iran's Airport Company Mohammad Ilkhani said that Iran has the safest and most secure airspace in the region, adding that over a dozen US flights use the Iranian airspace everyday. "A sum of 15 flights from US cargo and passenger airlines use the Iranian airspace everyday," Ilkhani told reporters on the sidelines of the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries Exhibition on Kish Island on Tuesday. - 11/25/14

Photos: International Air Show kicks off in Kish, Iran

- The Kish Development and investment company fully supported by Kish Free Zone Organization is holding the 7th edition of the International Iran Kish Air Show with the cooperation of Civil Aviation Organization of Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO-IRI) from 18-21 Nov. 2014 on Kish Island in Persian Gulf. - 11/20/14

Iran's Kish Air Show: Investment Opportunities

- The 7th Biennial Kish Air Show opens on November 18 on the Persian Gulf Island. The 4-day exhibition is aimed at helping participants understand changes in the Iranian aviation industry, discover attractive business opportunities and meet new partners as well as competitors. - 11/17/14

Reconciliation

- Before I traveled to Iran, I didn't want to read anything about Iran. Certainly nothing written by mainstream American news media, which often draws an absurdist caricature of the country. I wanted to arrive with an open heart. -Monica Byrne - 11/17/14

Tehran, Lisbon sign air transportation contract

- Iran and Portugal have signed an air transportation contract, announced the head of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran on Sunday. Alireza Jahangiri added that for the first time in the past 35 years, Iran has concluded an aviation deal with an EU member-state. - 11/10/14

Several Iranian provinces punished by heavy rain, snowstorms

- Heavy rain and snow has hit 11 provinces in Iran, and in some areas roads have been closed due to blizzards. Alborz, Khuzestan, Chahar Mahal Bakhriyari, Khorazan Razavi, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Gilan and eastern parts of Tehran are among the provinces dealing with heavy precipitation. - 11/6/14

12.000 European tourists register to visit Iran

- Head of Iran Tourism Operators' Association Ebrahim Pour-Faraj said 12.000 European tourists have registered for visiting Iran via Golden Eagle Danube Express. The luxurious train with 13 wagons can carry only 150 passengers, and it should arrive in Iran 80 times if it wants to bring all of the tourists to Iran. - 11/2/14

5 amazing places in Iran you've never heard of

- It might not be on everyone's travel radar, but Iran has a well-worn tourist circuit, encompassing attractions in the ancient cities of Shiraz and Isfahan. For those wanting to get off the beaten path, the country has a wealth of lesser-known destinations that rival the stunning beauty and historical significance of their more famous counterparts. -Roshanak Taghavi, CNN - 11/2/14

All Aboard! European Travelers Arrive in Mashhad, Iran

- A luxury special train carrying European tourists arrived in Holy City of Mashhad in northeastern of Iran on Wednesday October 26th. Mashhad, considered the second largest holy city in the world, attracts more than 20 million tourists and pilgrims every year, many of whom come to pay pilgrimage to Imam Reza, the 8th Muslim Shi'ite Imam, - 11/1/14

Photos: Luxury Train From Europe Arrives In Tehran

- The five-star tourist train Golden Eagle traveling from Hungary to Iran arrived in Tehran on Monday October 27, ending its first tour. The 70 tourists onboard the train are mostly British or Australian and have paid anywhere between 10,000 and 24,000 euros for their two-week trip. - 10/28/14

Next Stop: Iran

- The number of international travelers in Iran has been steadily increasing, up from 2.2 million people in 2009 to 3.6 million in 2011. During the first half of 2014 travel increased 215%, in what government officials have called a "tsunami of tourists." - 10/20/14

Luxury tourist train on two-week tour ending in Tehran

- On October 15, a luxury train left Budapest with 70 passengers onboard for a first-time trip through the Balkans, the Bosphorus and Kurdistan with a final destination of Tehran. Littler says: "There is a huge vacuum in the tourist industry for people who would like to go to Iran but want to do it in comfort and safety." - 10/19/14

Iran: Tales from Persia - A JOURNEY FOCUSED ON HISTORY and CONTEXT

- Journey 2,500 years back in time to discover the ancient secrets of Persia on this 13-day itinerary incorporating some of most well preserved archaeological sites in the world. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Iran. -NY Times - 10/13/14

Photos: European tourists arrive in Isfahan by train for first time

- A group of European tourists arrived in the historical city of Isfahan in central Iran on a train for the first time, director-general of Isfahan's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization said on Wednesday. Fereydoun Allahyari said the group was composed of 65 tourists from Australia, France, Germany, Britain and Austria. - 10/9/14

Majlis Development Committee Spokesperson: Iran-140 Will Not Return to Skies

- The Majlis Development Committee spokesperson says that the Iran-140 airplanes will no longer be permitted to fly over the Iranian airspace. Speaking to Rooz, Mehrdad Lahouti claimed that the Majlis Development Committee's report on the Iran-140 plane crash will be read on an open Majlis session next week in the presence of the Iranian transportation minister. -Fereshteh Ghazi - 10/7/14

Road accident deaths decline in Iran

- Iran's Coroner's Office has released a report indicating 7,489 people were killed in road accidents in the past five months. IRNA reports that this number indicates a 8.2-percent decline compared to the same period last year. - 10/3/14

World's largest wide-body jetliner lands in Iran for first time

- The world's largest wide-body passenger airplane, Airbus A380, has touched down at Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) for the first time. The airliner, belonging to Dubai's Emirates Airline, landed at the airport, located 40 kilometers south of Tehran, at 16:00 local time (1230 GMT) on Tuesday with more than 260 passengers on board - 10/1/14

Number of transit flights through Iranian space unprecedented

- Presently 900 foreign plane have transit flights trough the Iranian air space, which is unprecedented in the history of the Iranian aviation, said the Managing Director of Iranian Airports Company Mohammad Ali Ilkhani. - 9/28/14

John Simpson: Iran is the most charming country on Earth

- For John Simpson, Iran's incredible monuments, dazzling landscapes and hospitable people make it a holiday destination beyond compare -Telegraph, UK - 9/10/14

First-ever European luxury train to set off Iran journey

- The first European private train to enter Iran will make a two-week journey from Budapest to Tehran in October. The first "Golden Eagle-Danube Express" train, which comprises 13 lavishly-decorated wood-paneled 1950s carriages and berths for about 70 guests, will set off from Budapest on October 15. - 8/27/14

Report details century of fatal air accidents in Iran

- Iran's Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development reported on Wednesday August 20 that the average age of the Iranian air fleet exceeds 20 years, and in the past 100 years to date, two thousand Iranian have died in air accidents. - 8/21/14

Iran's air routes ready to receive more foreign flights

- Iranian air space is ready to receive more foreign flights, said Managing Director of Aviation Operation Control Department of Iranian Civil Aviation Organization Saeed Akbari said. "Flights passing across Iranian air space have doubled," Akbari said, adding the country is set for attracting more flights across its air space. - 8/18/14

Iranian researcher uses ear for identification in airport, border

- Iranian researchers at Amir Kabir University Of Technology have developed a method to identify people in airports and border areas through ear specifications. "Biometrics, such as fingerprint and iris are used for identification of people. We used ear as a biometric in this study," said Mina Shahriari, author of the study. - 8/18/14

Photos: Plane crashes near Tehran's Mehrabad Airport; 39 dead

- Thirty-nine people were killed and nine were injured in a plane crash near Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Sunday, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani immediately ordered the transport minister to prepare a comprehensive report on the cause of the incident. - 8/11/14

Tourism Key To Job Creation, Economic Growth In Iran: Finance Minister

- Iranian Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Ali Tayyebnia says the administration of President Hassan Rouhani believes that the promotion of tourism is the key to job creation and economic growth. Ecotourism and medical tourism are the top priorities, the IRNA news agency quoted Tayyebnia as saying on Thursday. - 8/2/14

Number of Passing Flights through Iranian Airspace to Increase

- The number of flights by the UAE's Emirates Airline through the Iranian airspace will increase after Ukraine closed its airspace following the crash of Malaysia's MH17 flight, Deputy CEO for Aeronautical Operations at Iran Airports Company (IAC) Ebrahim Shoushtari announced on Saturday. - 8/2/14

Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran's Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri

- Mohammad Domiri, a talented architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes stunning photos of grandiose mosque architecture throughout the Middle East. -boredpanda - 7/29/14

Explorer 'dices with death' as he treks Iran's longest river for a MONTH

- A Northern Ireland adventurer who traced the longest river in Iran from source to sea, has described it as 'dicing with death'. Leon McCarron walked, kayaked and biked along the waterway - from the snowy mountainous headwaters of the south west to the Persian Gulf - in a country still largely shrouded in mystery. -Connie Allfrey, Daily Mail, UK - 7/29/14

Boeing to provide Iran Air with plane parts: Report

- Aerospace giant Boeing has reportedly signed a deal with Iran Air to provide the Iranian flag carrier airline with plane parts. A regulatory filing which was issued on Wednesday reads that Boeing will provide goods and services "related to the safety of flight" for Iran's flag carrier airline, AFP reported. - 7/25/14

'Tsunami of tourists' head for Iran

- Tehran may be a capital of some 12 million people, but remarkably it has only three large five-star hotels. A fourth is under construction yet most of Tehran's accommodations remain smaller apartment style hotels. Farman Ghafarian owns two of these enterprises -- Tehran Grand Hotels One and Two. The recent spike in visitors has him thinking expansion. -Reza Sayah, CNN - 7/21/14

TripAdvisor grants Certificate of Excellence to tomb of Persian Poet Hafez

- TripAdvisor, a U.S. travel website that provides directory information and reviews of travel-related content, has granted a Certificate of Excellence to the tomb of Hafez in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Fars Province. - 7/12/14

Iran's Khar Turan 2nd largest biosphere reserve in world

- The national park of Khar Turan, located southeast of the Iranian city of Shahrud, is believed to be the second largest biosphere reserve in the world. Khar Turan national park, with an area of around 1.5 million hectares, is the world's second largest biosphere reserve after Africa's Serengeti, says the park's Chief Ranger Ali Akbar Ghorbanloo. - 7/8/14

Aircraft Manufacturers Vying for Iran Market

- Major aircraft makers and spare part producers have reached out to the Iranian companies to grab a share of the country's potentially lucrative market once the anti-Iran sanctions are eased, an Iranian official said. - 7/7/14

Foreign tourist visits to Iran up 215% in spring 2014

- Visits to Iran by foreign tourists rose 215 percent in spring 2014 compared to spring 2013, the deputy director of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization said on Monday. - 6/24/14
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