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Tourism Projects Worth $10B Underway In Iran

- Some 1,884 tourism projects valued at 430 trillion rials (nearly $10.2 billion) are underway in Iran, tourism chief Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Sunday. Projects including construction of hotels and eco-lodges as well as projects aiming at attracting tourists are already underway and herald good days for tourism industry of the country, CHTN quoted Mounesan as saying. - 8/14/18

Iran receives 5 ATR planes from France shortly before US sanctions return

- Iran has received five more ATR turboprop airplanes only a day before the return of US sanctions that have already torpedoed the country's plane purchases with other major providers. The planes that had left France's Toulouse earlier in the day landed in Tehran's International Mehrabad Airport on Sunday morning after a short stop for refueling in the northwestern city of Urmia. - 8/6/18

Dozens killed as tanker collides with passenger bus in western Iran

- At least 11 were killed after a naphtha tanker collided with a passenger bus in the city of Sanandaj, western province of Kordestan, IRNA news agency reported. The tanker's brakes reportedly stopped working and it crashed into the passenger bus which had stopped right outside the bus terminal at midnight and resulted in a massive explosion, the report stated. - 7/11/18

Looming Sanctions Jeopardize Expansion Of Iran's Rail Network

- The decision of U.S. President Donald Trump in May to scrap the landmark 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) has jeopardized Iran's railway projects with international companies. The nuclear agreement encouraged several European and Asian companies to sign contracts worth billions of dollars with Iran for expanding the country's rail network. But fearing sanctions from the U.S., companies such as Germany's Siemens now say they'll cancel their projects in Iran, despite the fact that their own governments still support the JCPOA. - 7/11/18

US targets Iran's tourism: Airlines halt service

- The US government says it has sanctioned a Malaysia-based tourism agent for Iranian private airline Mahan Air which is already under American sanctions. The blockade comes as the US prepares to unleash "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw Washington from a landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. - 7/10/18

Dutch airline KLM suspends directs flights to Tehran

- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a statement on Sat. announced that it will stop direct flights to Iranian capital Tehran for "commercial reasons". KLM announced in a statement on its website that the airline will suspend direct flights from Amsterdam to Tehran from 24 September, saying the decision was motivated by negative results and the financial perspective. - 7/9/18

Aircraft Manufacturer ATR Distances Itself From Iran

- Iran's aviation industry has received another severe blow. Following the footsteps of Boeing and Airbus, ATR also announced last week that it has decided to distance itself from Tehran. The decision was announced at a time that ATR had prepared several planes for delivery to Tehran, and even painted them exclusively for the Islamic Republic's national airline, Iran Air. -Radio Farda - 7/5/18

Russian Railways Launches 1.2 Billion Euro Project In Iran

- Russian Railways has begun the 1.2 billion-euro electrification of the Garmsar-Ince Burun railway line in Iran, which stretches to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, linking Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and beyond. - 7/3/18

Iran resumes train service to Turkey's Van after 3 years

- Iran says it has launched a train service to Turkey's Van after a hiatus of about three years with officials expressing hope that it would help increase the number of tourists travelling on either side of the border. - 6/18/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Forbids 'Too Much Travelling Abroad' To Save Foreign Currency

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized Iranians for "travelling abroad too frequently" and told them to "quit this bad habit," while "the enemies are plotting to exert economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic. - 6/16/18

Reviving tourism in Iran's village of little people

- Months of ongoing restoration work in Makhounik is seen as a step forward to put Iran's village of little people on the map of sightseers. Restoration of walls and internal spaces, reinforcement of foundations and rooftops and modification of water channels are amongst the rehabilitation plans, which will continue until late July this year, IRNA reported on Monday. - 6/13/18

Iranian Travelers Struggle To Buy Foreign Currencies Over Holiday

- Banks at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport are struggling to provide the foreign currencies paid for by passengers, who are forming long lines. The shortage of foreign currencies worsened ahead of a three-day holiday that started on June 4 to mark the death of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini. Many government employees and bank staff have gone on extended holidays, making the situation harder for passengers traveling abroad this week. - 6/5/18

US slaps new sanctions on entities working with Iranian airlines

- The US has imposed new sanctions against nine Iranian and Turkish individuals and companies as well as a number of aircraft providing goods and services to four Iranian airlines. The sanctions announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday, targeted the entities cooperating with Iran's Mahan Air, Caspian Air, Meraj Air, and Pouya Air. - 5/25/18

Boeing, Airbus licenses to sell jets to Iran to be revoked: US Treasury

- The US Treasury says licenses held by aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus to sell passenger jets to Iran will be revoked after Washington announced its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. "The Boeing and (Airbus) licenses will be revoked," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday. "Under the original deal there were waivers for commercial aircraft, parts and services and the existing licenses will be revoked," he added. - 5/9/18

Iran Currency Crunch Hits Foreign Tourists

- Newly arrived in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran, Corneilis Vamoorschot wanted to change his euros into rials, but quickly realized it wouldn't be a simple task. "We wanted to change at the bank, but the banks accept neither euros or dollars. We came to the foreign exchange bureau, but they had no money," said the Dutch tourist, enchanted by the city's brick bazaar, despite the inconvenience. -Radio Farda - 5/4/18

Iran's Qeshm Air in talks with Boeing on 20 jets: CEO

- An Iranian airline says it is in negotiations with Boeing for the purchase of 20 passenger planes even as US President Donald Trump's threats to kill a nuclear deal this month have put Iran's aviation contracts in doubt. Qeshm Air CEO Mahmoud Shekarabi was quoted as saying that his company planned to buy 10 Boeing 737 MAX and 10 Boeing 737 Next Generation planes from the American planemaker. - 5/1/18

Iran seals deals to buy 40 Sukhoi SuperJets from Russia

- Iran says two of its leading airlines have purchased a collective of 40 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 planes from Russia thus ending speculations over a purchase scheme that had been in the offing for the past few years. The purchases were made by Aseman Airlines and Iran Air Tours and the related documents were signed on the sidelines of Eurasia Airshow 2018 in Turkey's Anatolia. - 4/26/18

UAE's Emirates Airline plans expansion in Iran: Report

- UAE's Emirates Airline says it is expanding operations in Iran which the company described "a very important market". The airline currently operates flights to the Iranian capital of Tehran and the holy city of Mashhad which is an extremely popular destination for Shia pilgrims. - 4/24/18

Iran expects delivery of 14 ATR, Airbus and Boeing aircraft this year

- Iran should receive 14 new passenger aircraft this year under agreements signed with Airbus, Boeing and ATR planemakers, a government official has said. Tehran has ordered more than 200 planes since US-led sanctions against the country were lifted in 2016 under a nuclear agreement but US President Donald Trump's threat to rip up the deal next month has raised doubts about deliveries. - 4/18/18

Iranian-American Organizations File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Travel Ban Case

- PARS Equality Center, The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have filed an amicus ('friend of the court") brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the challenge to the Trump administration's third travel ban. - 3/31/18

China's Silk Road fires up Iran's rail revolution

- Iran's rail industry gets a fresh boost from China's dedication of $845 million to build a train line connecting Tehran to the western cities of Hamadan and Sanandaj. A Wednesday report said China National Machinery Industry Corp, known as Sinomach, signed a contract worth 5.35 billion yuan with Iran which is on a railway modernization and expansion drive. -Press TV - 3/22/18

Iran's President Rouhani opens 'strategic' rail line near Iraqi border

- President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday opened a new train line, linking a major city near the border with Iraq to the national railway network. The railway to Kermanshah in western Iran ended 27 years of anticipation for the mainly-Kurdish city to have an alternative transportation mode and for the project to be completed. - 3/21/18

Iranian athletes, artists launch campaign to reduce road accidents during Norooz

- A group of famous Iranian athletes and artists have initiated a campaign titled 'please_stay_alive' with the aim of cutting road accidents and fatalities. Many Iranians take a trip during the two-week Norooz (Persian New Year) holidays, starting on March 21, however, considerable number of accidents and fatalities in this period is recorded every year. - 3/20/18

Chinese firm to fund Iran plane purchases

- Iran's media say the country's national airline Iran Air has signed an agreement with a Chinese company to provide funding for the company's plane purchase campaigns - most notably those pursued with Airbus and Boeing. The Persian-language newspaper Iran reported that the agreement had been signed on Monday at Iran Air premises in Tehran, citing a statement by the country's Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. - 3/16/18

Railroad Project to Connect Iran With Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan

- The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Iran held the first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Baku to discuss regional cooperation. At the center of the discussions was the construction of Rasht-Astara railroad, the 180-kilometer-long rail line that will connect the Iranian and Azerbaijani cities. The project is expected to be completed in three years. -Asgar Asgarov, VOA - 3/16/18

Iran Finds Black Box, Bodies From Turkish Plane Crash

- Iranian state media reports that authorities have recovered the black box from a Turkish private jet that crashed in southwestern Iran on March 11, killing all 11 people onboard. Turkish media reports said the plane was carrying Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, along with seven of her friends and three crew members. - 3/12/18

Renewed Serbia-Iran Flights Seen As Possible Migrant Route

- Direct flights between Iran and Serbia have resumed after a gap of 27 years with the landing on March 10 of an IranAir jet at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport. With the resumption, some groups in Serbia have raised concerns that the flights might be used as a new route for migrants from Iran looking to remain permanently in Europe. All flights on IranAir's twice-weekly Tehran-Belgrade service have been fully booked until the end of the summer, Serbian media have reported. - 3/12/18

Historical Tabib mansion in Shushtar, Iran turned into boutique hotel

- The 19th-century Tabib Shushtari mansion has recently been repurposed into a boutique hotel after being fully restored. The mansion is located in the ancient city of Shushtar, southwest Iran. The hotel has 10 rooms with a capacity to accommodate 39 people. - 3/7/18

Worrying road accidents in Iran: Some 14,000 deaths in 10 months

- Some 13,874 people were killed in road accidents over the first 10 months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2017-January 20, 2018). According to Iran's forensics organization, men constituted 10,889 of the deaths over the aforesaid period, Fars news agency reported on Saturday. - 3/5/18

Iran Grounds Aseman ATR Planes Like One That Crashed

- Iran's civil aviation organization has grounded ATR-72 planes belon ging to Aseman Airlines after one of them crashed this week with 65 people on board, state media reported on February 23. The regulator was reported as saying that the measure was temporary as authorities investigate the cause of the accident on February 18 in which an ATR-72 twin-engine plane that had been in service since 1993 crashed in Iran's Zagros mountains. - 2/25/18

IRAN: Bodies recovered from plane crash site

- Four days after a passenger plane heading from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasouj crashed into Dena mountain range, search and rescue teams on Wednesday found and recovered some of the bodies. The bodies were not easy to identify, according to Tasnim news agency. While some news agencies reported that 7 bodies were transferred to Yasouj, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, forensics director Kamrouz Amini has said that no bodies are transferred to the city yet. - 2/22/18

Trump set to oppose Boeing deal with Iran Air: Report

- Officials at the Trump administration are using a case against an Iranian airliner to thwart a multibillion-dollar deal between Boeing and flag carrier Iran Air for the sale of new passenger planes, US reports say. The push comes as President Donald Trump is considering whether to grant licenses to Boeing to sell 80 planes to Iran Air under a deal signed in December 2016. - 2/21/18

Iran plane crash: Wreckage, bodies found

- Search and rescue teams finally managed to find the wreckage of a plane that crashed into the Dena mountain range, southwestern Iran, on Sunday, recovering bodies of some of the victims, ISNA news agency reported. The ATR aircraft with 66 passengers and crew on board went missing and due to bad weather conditions search for finding the wreckage of the plane continued for three days. - 2/20/18

Iran Rescue Teams 'Find Crash Site'

- Iranian search and rescue teams have reached the site of the plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported on February 19. State television said helicopters were now able to take part in the search for Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 after the weather improved following blizzard conditions that had hampered search efforts on February 18. - 2/19/18

Iranian airlines examining Russian Sukhoi superjet for possible purchase

- A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 landed on Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Monday morning and was examined by Iranian aviation experts deciding about its future purchase, Tasnim news agency reported. "The Russian airplane maker asked Iran to let its aircraft land on Mehrabad on its way back from Singapore Air Show 2018," the Secretariat of Association of Iranian Airlines Maghsoud Asadi Samani told Tasnim on the sidelines of the superjet's examination. - 2/13/18

Tabriz gears up for biggest tourism event of Muslim countries in 2018

- Tabriz in northwest Iran seeks to step out of the twilight with a spectacular gala which is set to attract heads of state, business leaders and gurus of the hospitality industry to the biggest tourism event of Muslims states in 2018. The city, a key location on the Silk Road and a gateway to Europe and East Asia, has been named by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as the 2018 tourism capital of Islamic countries. - 2/6/18

Life in the mountains: Skiing in Iran

- Iran has long been an international destination for avid powder chasers during winter, while - in total contrast - its arid and semi-arid climate reaches sweltering levels in summer. Maybe not the first that comes to mind, snow-capped mountains above Tehran are home to some of the world's best ski resorts where powder hounds can enjoy famous Iranian hospitality. - 1/31/18

Tehran Airports, Schools Closed Due To Heavy Snow

- Heavy snowfalls have forced airports and schools in Tehran to close, while hundreds of cars have been blocked on highways out of the Iranian capital for hours. Tehran's Imam Khomeini International and Mehrabad airports were shut due to poor visibility "until further notice," state television said on January 28. Schools closed in several parts of the country, including the capital, and hundreds of Red Crescent teams were mobilized to bring help to stranded drivers. - 1/29/18

Arrivals of Chinese tourists in Iran fall short of expectations

- Insignificant numbers of Chinese restaurants, Chinese-language guides or even inappropriate lodging facilities are deemed to be among the main reasons behind [the low number of Chinese tourist arrivals], says Iran tourism body's representative in China. Part of this failure comes from inside Iran, because Chinese restaurants are scanty across the country while the cuisine is of high importance for majority of the Chinese people, ISNA quoted Hossein Khalifi as saying on Friday. - 1/26/18

Tehran metro ranks 25th among world's busiest subways

- With an annual ridership of 459 million, Tehran metro has attained the rank of 25 among busiest subway systems in the world. As per a report by thoughtco.com published in March 2017 Tokyo metro with 3.6 billion annual passenger rides, Moscow metro with 2.4 billion annual passenger rides and Seoul metro with 2.04 billion annual passenger rides top the list of world's busiest subways among 30 cities. - 1/12/18

Iran's Aseman Airlines to purchase another 30 Boeing jets

- Iran says it plans to purchase another 30 planes from US aviation giant Boeing if the administration of US President Donald Trump creates no obstacles for the existing order by one of its key airlines. The announcement was made by Vali Azarvash, the managing director of Atieh Saba Investment Company which is one of the main shareholders of Aseman Airlines. - 1/7/18

Iran says aviation giants Boeing, Airbus and ATR to fund plane purchases

- Iran's aviation officials have played down speculations that the administration of US President Donald Trump would block sales of planes to the country and say they expect purchases to move ahead faster because mechanisms to fund the campaigns are being worked out by plane-makers, themselves. - 12/18/17

Flight Fight: Proposed Tripling Of 'Departure Tax' Roils Iranians

- The price for Iranians of heading abroad could triple if the government's new budget proposal is approved. Under the budget plan submitted by President Hassan Rohani on December 10, so-called departure taxes would skyrocket to around $60 for a single trip outside the country, compared with the current fee of $20. Subsequent trips within a 12-month period would incur even higher fees. -Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL - 12/14/17

Proposed Higher Departure Fees Angers Iranians

- A new revenue generating measure in President Hassan Rouhani's proposed budget has led to public outcry and mocking of the government in Iran. "Exit fees" from the country are set to rise many fold, if the new budget is passed in the coming months. - 12/12/17

Iran's tourism chief calls on private sector to assist 'Tabriz 2018'

- Iran's tourism chief has called for a partnership between domestic travel companies and associated businesses to help organize 'Tabriz 2018', an event which marks the naming of Tabriz as the capital of Islamic tourism. In December 2015, the inter-governmental Organization of Islamic Cooperation selected Tabriz, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, as the capital of Islamic tourism for 2018. - 11/26/17

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



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