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British embassy in Tehran resumes processing visas

The British embassy in Tehran in a Twitter message late on Monday announced it has resumed processing visas for Iranian applicants. "We are pleased to announce that the Tehran Visa Application Center reopened yesterday (Sunday) to provide British visa services. Visa applicants now need compliance with health protocols to keep themselves and the visa application staff healthy," the message read. 7/29/20

Mud volcanos of Golestan, Iran

A mud volcano is a landform, consisting of one or several volcanic craters, that continuously erupts a mud-like substance. Some experts think that mud volcanos are related to volcanic activities, but most scientists believe that the phenomenon emerges as a result of a non-volcanic activity. These photos have been taken from a mud volcano located in Golestan Province of Iran. -Mohammad Ghajar, ISNA 7/17/20

Photos: Reza Abad desert, a tourist resort in northeastern Iran

Reza Abad desert, located 70 kilometres from the city of Shahroud in Iran's Semnan province, is among the most beautiful desert areas in central and eastern Iran. The nomadic town of Reza Abad is located next to the desert. -Amin Rahmani 7/10/20

Iran is beautiful: Lar National Park in photos

Mount Damavand is not considered a simple mountain for Iranians. Being the highest peak in Iran with the height of 5,671 meters, is not all the greatness of Mount Damvand among Iranians because the Mount has a special place among Iranian mythology and culture and is the symbol of endurance and invincibility. Lar National Park, located in the foothills of Mount Damavand in Mazandaran Province, is a nature reserve which boasts different plant and animal species as well as glorious weather and impressive scenery. -Pouria Pakizeh 7/9/20

Mount Damavand Day: The iconic mountain is grappling with environmental issues

Mount Damavand, the highest peak in Iran, is located northeastern Tehran, but today, it is facing many environmental problems and challenges. Environmental enthusiasts believe that with the inclusion of Damavand National Day in the official calendar of the country, more attention should be paid to this unique natural phenomenon, while unfortunately no action has been taken so far. -Faranak Bakhtiari 7/7/20

Photos: Visiting source of Iran's longest river

Situated in Chaharmahal-o-Bakhtiari Province, Kuhrang spring is the source of Zayandeh Rud, Iran's longest river. The untouched nature of the area and the presence of nomads are also encouraging tourists to have this site on their mustsee destinations. -Pantea Nikzad, Mehr 7/7/20

Discover Ghadamgah: A millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff

Ghadamgah is a millennia-old subterranean temple that was repurposed to be a mosque. The temple is said to be a place of worship where the ancient Mithraism rituals observed before the advent of Islam. The place of worship, which sometimes is referred to as a cave, is situated at the upstream of Ghadamgah's graveyard, near Badamyar village, from environs of Azarshahr in the northwestern West Azarbaijan province. 6/30/20

A Travel Writer Who's Seen It All Still Finds Surprise and Awe in Iran

Our burly driver in the baseball cap kept his eyes on the road as my unfailingly suave guide, Ali, chatted away. We'd barely left the holy metropolis of Mashhad, in northeastern Iran, on our way to the small, ancient town of Tus, and already Ali was discoursing on flowers and mystics and philosophers and empire. Other than a quick hello, our driver, perhaps 60, said not a word. It would be almost an hour before we reached our destination: the quiet tomb of Iran's beloved chronicler, Ferdowsi. -Pico Iyer, Bloomberg 6/29/20

Tabas Geopark in Iran moves closer to possible UNESCO registration

An extensive dossier, which is an essential prerequisite for possible UNESCO inscription of a site, has almost been completed for the gigantic Tabas Geopark, which is situated in east-central Iran. "Tabas Geopark can be the largest geopark in terms of the area because the whole county of Tabas is the largest county in the Middle East (West Asia). Given the [historical, natural and geological] values of this county, we decided to consider the whole county as the geopark," said Alireza Amrikazemi, who is a UNESCO assessor. 6/25/20

PHOTOS: Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake in Qom, Iran turns red

Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake is located in Qom Province of Iran. Because of heavy rainfalls, more tributaries fed the Lake in spring and as a result, the water level of Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake increased. The rapid growth of algae in the Lake that react with the evaporation of water, turned Howz-e Soltan Salt Lake red. The algae produce beta carotene during the reaction so that the water of the Lake turns red. -Ahmad Zohrabi 6/23/20

PHOTOS: Eye-catching beauty of Lar National Park in Mazandaran, Iran

Lar National Park is a protected area in Mazandaran Province and Tehran Province, in northern Iran. The 30,000-hectare park which is in the Central Alborz mountain range, at the foot of Mount Damavand has stunning beauty in late spring and early summer. 6/23/20

Photos: Pink-colored Maharloo Lake in Shiraz, Iran

Maharloo Lake with an area of 600 sq. km is situated on the outskirts of Shiraz, southern Iran, and is a perfect stopover for tourists and nature lovers. Duo to high evaporation rate, the lake's bed has been covered by salt. The color of Maharloo Lake turns pink because of the activity of special algae. The algae grow rapidly in the salty water and cover the surface of the Lake. -Mohammadreza Dehdari 6/17/20

Iran, Iraq reach initial deal on building 354km highway: Minister

Iran's minister of transportation says an initial deal has been reached with the neighboring Iraq to build a long highway that would ease traffic across the border and would help boost trade between the two neighboring countries. Mohammad Eslami said on Wednesday that the 354-kilometer highway would connect the city of Mehran on the western Iranian border to the holy city of Najaf in central Iraq. 6/11/20

Photos: Aladaghlar (Rainbow) Mountains in Iran

If you are looking for a natural place to be amazed, you should take a trip to Zanjan Province in Iran and see the colorful Aladaghlar Mountains. ''Ala'' in Azeri Turkish language means colorful and ''Dag'' means mountain. The Aladaglar rainbow mountains and hills are tucked into the northwest of Iran, 25 kilometers in the northeast of Tabriz between Ahar and Khajeh. Along the road of Ahar-Tabriz, the landscape begins to switch step by step. -Amin Rahmani 6/3/20

IranAir to partially resume international flights on May 14

Iran's flag carrier Homa, known internationally as IranAir, is to partially resume its international flights after a two-month hiatus that came over the new coronavirus pandemic. Homa said in a Monday statement that its flight to the Dutch capital Amsterdam will resume on May 14. The airline said the resumption had been made possible after gaining the required approvals from health authorities in the Netherlands. -Press TV 5/12/20

The Gehrig Twins Share Tales of Mountain Biking in Iran, and EWS Competition

How cool would it be to have a sibling who is also your friend and race mate? Swiss enduro pros Anita and Caro Gehrig live in that dream scenario, and their Norco Twins Racing squad is quite fierce on the elite Enduro World Series circuit...The Gehrigs toured some of the finest singletracks across the western Asian nation, and we checked in with them to learn more about the riding there. -Brian Gerow, Single Tracks 4/14/20

Coronavirus: Crisis batters Iranian tourism sector

Irans's fledgling tourism industry had already been hurting before the coronavirus. Visitor numbers fell after the US reimposed sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, costing bus drivers, tour guides and hotel workers their jobs. But now the sector faces collapse. -Deutsche Welle 4/9/20

Mesr Village: A shining diamond in the heart of Iran's deserts

Mesr is a small rural area surrounded by an ocean of sand at the heart of Iran's Great Salt Desert (Dasht-e Kavir), Isfahan Province, which attracts thousands of the aficionados every year to its endless dunes. The village has become one of the most popular destinations for those who seek tranquility and seclusion of the desert as well as some astrological and adventurous fun. -Morteza Rahmani, Mehr 4/1/20

In search of junub, the hippie spirit of Iran's south

Among Iranian youths, junub carries much more meaning than just its literal definition of south. It has long been synonymous with an adventurous trip, a breath of fresh air and a sense of freedom. When winter cold comes to most of Iran, in its southern provinces young Iranians scatter around the remote beaches and mountains of the Persian Gulf islands. Here, they enjoy the company of other open-minded Iranians and relative safety to pursue their personal freedoms, engage in creative activities, exchange ideas and form long-term connections that last far beyond the beaches of Hormoz or Hengam. -Mykolas Juodele, Guardian 3/16/20

IranAir suspends all flights to Europe due to 'unknown restrictions'

Iran's main airline company Homa, known as IranAir, has suspended until further notice all flights to European destinations, with aviation authorities in the country blaming 'unknown restrictions' for the decision. The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran said in a Sunday report that Homa was negotiation with European authorities to resume the flights. It did not mention weather the spread of a new coronavirus in Iran and other parts of the world had a role to play. 3/9/20

New Travel Restriction on Iranians: What You Need to Know

On February 29, 2020, President Trump signed a new Presidential Proclamation restricting the entry of individuals who have traveled to Iran in attempts to stymie the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States. These new restrictions go beyond the President's Muslim Ban and will further limit the entry of Iranians into the U.S. The Proclamation adds Iran onto a previous proclamation restricting travel to the United States from China and was put into effect on March 2nd at 5 P.M. EST. -NIAC 3/6/20

Is It Safe to Travel to Iran as a Solo Female Traveler?

Before I started reading more into Iran, all I heard about this country were stories about its politics. In the media, Iran seemed like a place where no one would ever want to visit. Can you imagine solo female travel in Iran? After my trip to Iran, I can tell you now that Iran has the most hospitable people and great architecture. Traveling to Iran as a solo female traveler has been safe, rewarding and fun. -Anna Karsten 3/3/20

Amid Coronavirus, U.S. Adopts Travel Restriction For Iran, Increases Advisory To 'Do Not Travel' For Italy and South Korea

"The president authorized action today to add additional travel restrictions to Iran," Vice President Mike Pence said as he introduced the new measures, which would include "any foreign nationals who has visited Iran within the last 14 days." -Newsweek 3/1/20

U.A.E. Bans All Flights With Iran As Coronavirus Death Toll Reaches 15

The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has suspended all flights to and from Iran, where the outbreak of the new coronavirus has already killed at least 15 people -- the highest death toll outside the disease's epicenter in China. Fears of a coronavirus pandemic grew this week after sharp rises in new cases in Iran, Italy, and South Korea. The virus has infected more than 80,000 people globally, causing around 2,700 deaths, mainly in China. 2/25/20

Iran museums, historical sites shut down amid fears of virus outbreak

Iran has temporarily closed cultural heritage museums and historical sites in 15 provinces in a preventive measure amid fears of coronavirus outbreak. "Cultural heritage museums and historical sites will be closed (as of today) until the end of the week (February 28) in 15 provinces, which face the risk of virus outbreak" 2/25/20

Atashgah: A hillside Zoroastrian fire temple in Isfahan

Though Iran is a Muslim-majority country, it is home to ancient Zoroastrian sites still retaining otherworldly charm. Isfahan's Atashgah is one of those which is situated on a mountain of the same name in western site of the central Iranian city. Experts say the fire temple dates back Sassanid era (224-651). 2/24/20

Foreign arrivals in Iran hits 8 million in 10 months: Tourism Minister

Some eight million foreign nationals have visited Iran since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2019) despite [U.S.] sanctions and a sharp decline in flights by some foreign airlines, tourism minister has said. "Over the past couple of months, [the tourism sector of] Iran has been suffering from sanctions and decrease in the number of flights by foreign airlines, however, the Islamic Republic has played host to some eight million foreign travelers during the first ten months of the year," Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Wednesday 2/10/20

Iran Halting All Arrivals From China, Repatriating Iranians Grounded In Wuhan

Iran's Health Minister on Friday said Iran is imposing a ban on all arrivals from China. Authorities say the six people suspected of coronavirus infection have all been cleared. In a tweet on Friday Dr. Saeed Namaki said he has asked First Vice-President Es'haq Jahangiri to officially communicate a ban on all air, land and sea arrivals from China to the Ministry of Roads and Transportation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prevent an outbreak of coronavirus in the country. 1/31/20

European carriers to return to Iranian airspace

The EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Wednesday approved that European airlines can return to parts of Iranian and Iraqi airspace. The decision comes three weeks after the Islamic Republic accidentally downed a Ukrainian jetliner amid an exchange of hostilities with U.S. forces in the Iraqi soil. EASA announced, following an EU aviation security risk group meeting, that it was lifting temporary recommendations against overflying the two countries altogether, Reuters reported on Wednesday. 1/30/20

Sister arch bridges: Veresk in Iran and Wiesen Viaduct in Switzerland

The masonry arch bridges of stone or brick have long been constructed across the globe, some lasting for millennia. They are also iconic for having similar characteristics, amongst them Veresk Bridge in Iran's Mazandaran province and Wiesen Viaduct in the canton of Graubunden, Switzerland, both designed in the 20th century for single-track railway. Swiss Embassy in Iran on Sunday, January 26, posted a story on its twitter account showing pictures of the two bridges. 1/28/20

Qeshm Island; Major Tourist Hub in Southern Iran

Qeshm, an Iranian island with a total area of about 1,500 square kilometers, is located in the Strait of Hormuz. It is the world's biggest dependent territory whose area is larger than the total space of the world's 22 smallest countries. The island, which comprises 65 hamlets and three towns, is also the biggest island in the Persian Gulf home to more than 100,000 people. -IFP 1/28/20

Iranian Airliner Skids Off Runway Into Highway; No Casualties Reported

An Iranian passenger airliner ended up on a highway after reportedly skidding off the runway during a hard landing in southwestern Iran. None of the 135 passengers on board the Caspian Airlines flight was hurt in the January 27 incident in the southwestern city of Mahshahr, officials say. The McDonnell Douglas jet was flying from Tehran's Mehrabad Airport. 1/27/20

U.S. Bans Trade And Investment Visas For Iranians

Iranian nationals will no longer be eligible for E-1 and E-2 trade and investment visas, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency (USCIS) announced on Wednesday, January 22. The decision is directly linked with the October 3, 2018 termination of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights with Iran. -Radio Farda 1/23/20

Iran Invites NTSB, Boeing to Participate in Ukrainian Plane Crash Investigation

Iran has invited the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. accident investigation agency, to participate in the probe of the Ukrainian Boeing commercial jetliner that crashed near Tehran earlier this week. The NTSB said in a statement Thursday it had received "formal notification" about the crash from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran and is sending "an accredited representative to the investigation of the crash." 1/10/20

Ukrainian Plane Crashes In Iran, Killing All 176 People Aboard

A Ukrainian commercial airliner crashed on January 8 soon after taking off from Iran's capital, Tehran, killing all 176 people on board, mostly Iranian nationals, but also Western and Ukrainian citizens. Debris and smoldering parts from the Boeing 737-800NG belonging to Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) were strewn across a field southwest of the Iranian capital's Imam Khomeini International Airport as rescue teams with face masks retrieved bodies. 1/8/20

Find out why medical tourism is to be big business in Iran

Nowadays, medical tourism is considered as a booming industry on the global scene as some 20 to 24 million patients are traveling for medical treatments annually. Estimates on market size vary but the Patients Without Borders publishing group puts its value at around 60 to 80 billion Euros worldwide. But why Iran? Here we briefly try to answer. Iran boasts credible surgeons and physicians, cutting-edge medical technologies, high-tech medicine and diverse specializations, super affordable procedures within a trusted health system, and finally it is home to many hospitable people. -Tehran Times 12/31/19

16 stunning modern architectural wonders in the Middle East you've probably never heard of

Some of the most visited include Petra, the famous archaeological site in Jordan and former capital of the Nabatean kingdom, and Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire in ancient Persia. However the region is fast becoming home to some of the most stunning modern buildings in the world too. -Sahar Esfandiari, Insider 12/30/19

Tribal tourism gives a chance to discover another face of Iran

For both domestic and foreign travelers, tribal tourism is all about opening eyes to new places, traditions, cuisines, beliefs, and ways of life. Also called ethno-tourism, ethnic tourism or tribe tourism, it lays the ground for you to feel indigenous people by living with a nomad or rural family or enjoying an independent stay. However, as the name implies, it's a trip for recreational purposes rather than being an expedition for anthropological research! -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 12/13/19

Foreign tour operators, travel marketers astonished by safe, modern Iran

International tour operators and travel marketers, who have recently made a familiarization tour across Iran, are astonished by seeing a country that is far more safe and modern than that they previously thought. A weeklong Famtrip organized by an Iranian tour operator brought 17 travelers from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Peru and China. 12/11/19

International arrivals in Iran at 6.7 million since March

Some 6.7 million foreign nationals have visited Iran since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21). Iran welcomed some 7.8 million foreign nationals last year, achieving 52.5 percent increase year on year. 12/6/19

Mianeh-Bostan Abad Railway inaugurated by Iran's President Rohani

The Mianeh-Bostan Abad Railway officially started operation on Wednesday at the order of Iranian President Hassan Rohani during his visit to East Azerbaijan Province. The railway is 132km long and has been constructed at a cost of 5 trillion rials beginning from Mianeh Station and runs to Bostan Abad Station, passing through Torkamanchay and Tikmeh Dash towns. 11/28/19

Foreign travelers not deterred by Iranophobia: Iranian tourism official

Iran's deputy tourism minister on Monday said that anti-Iranian sentiment or Iranophobia, which has long been forged and spread by some Western governments and media, has not prevented foreign travelers from visiting the country. 11/20/19

Visit Tappeh Mill, one of the most ancient temples in Iran

Of the buildings that still remain from the early years of civilization, are the ancient temples. Given the importance of religion for the mankind, it's not surprising that these spiritual sites were built using topmost architectural innovations of the time in imposing scales. 11/4/19

Fam trip, a new way to introduce tourist attractions of Iran

Nowadays, various countries are relying on influencers as an effective strategy in order to market their tourism capacities. Countries can display their tourism capacities with the help of influencers and this has been welcomed as a new method for marketing in different areas. 10/25/19

Iran minister scraps U.S. visit to attend finance meeting after visas denied

Iran's Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Farhad Dejpassand has cancelled a trip to the United States earlier this month to attend a high-profile international meeting after Washington denied visas for members of his visiting delegation. -Press TV 10/25/19

Around 8 million tourists arrived in Iran in early 2019: Tourism Chief

Head of Iran's government department on tourism says around eight million foreigners visited the country in the last Iranian calendar year ending in March 2019. "Some 7.8 million foreign tourists arrived in the country last year," said Ali Asghar Mounessan, adding that the figure shows a 40-percent year-on-year increase. -Press TV 8/27/19

Parau: "Everest of all caves" in western Iran

Photos show rock climbers rappelling through Iran's Parau Cave, locally renowned as "Everest of all caves". Looking for adventure? This vertical limestone cave, which is one of natural attractions of Kermanshah province in the Zagros Mountains, offers a wild and challenging expedition for experienced rock climbers! 8/21/19

The ancient art of making ships in southern Iran

Maritime trade, shipping and shipbuilding have long been practiced in Iran. There have been many small or big shipyards across the northern coasts of the Persian Gulf. If you are planning to travel to the southernmost parts of the country, we suggest to visit the Persian Gulf in trace of seeing the process of crafting and sailing traditional Lenj boats, which has passed down from father to son. The hand-built vessels are used for sea journeys, trading, fishing and pearl diving. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 8/6/19

Iran draws a record 600,000 medical travelers in four months

Iran hosted a record high of nearly 600,000 medical travelers during the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-July 21), nearly equal to the figure for the whole past year (March 2018-19), according to an Iranian association for the health tourism promotion. 8/1/19

Foreign tourists arrivals in Iran surges 40.66 percent in spring

The number of foreign visitors arriving in Iran surged 40.66 percent during spring, which corresponds to the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, compared with the same period last year, data from the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization showed on Saturday. -Tehran Times 7/22/19

Iran travel sector: Ups and downs since U.S. reimposed sanctions

Last November, the Trump administration reinstated sanctions on Iran, mainly the ones that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, in order to batter Iran's economy, however, according to official data, they have so far failed to lessen foreign arrivals to the Islamic Republic. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 7/17/19

Iran, under U.S. sanctions, a perfect travel destination for tourists

There has been a rise in the arrival of foreign tourists to Iran as well as internal tourism by Iranians themselves after the unilateral US sanctions devalued the national currency rial, making a trans-Iranian journey very cost-effective and relatively cheap for world travelers. 6/7/19

Iranian Caravanserais And Time Travel To Forgotten Ages

For many travelers to Iran, staying in or even visiting a centuries-old caravanserai, can be a wide experience; they have an opportunity to feel the past, a time travel back into a forgotten age!. Such roadside inns were originally built in various epochs along ancient caravan routes in the Muslim world to shelter people, their goods and animals. The former Silk Roads may be the most famous example dotted by caravanserais. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 6/4/19

Georgia Denies Thousands of Iranians Entry Visas

The Interior Ministry of Georgia says it has denied 6,400 foreigners, half of them Iranians, entry visa in the first quarter of 2019. Based on the ministry's report, 3000 Iranians were denied entry visa from January to April. Georgian Statistics Center report says that more than 290,000 Iranians visited the country last year as tourists, which accounts for 4% of foreigners traveling to the country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. -Radio Farda 4/23/19

No Visa Charge for Iranian Visitors To Iraqi Kurdistan, Says Official

Iranian official news agency IRNA on Friday April 19 quoted the Iranian Consulate General in Sulaymaniyah as having announced that the "Iraqi Kurdistan Region has underlined its commitment to Baghdad decision to lift charges on visa for Iranian nationals." 4/19/19

University of Tehran's 6th Startup Weekend: Sustainable Tourism

The 6th Startup Weekend, which has adopted "Sustainable Tourism" as its focal theme, is to be hosted by the Faculty of Entrepreneurship of the University of Tehran. Organizers of the event aim to put into practice and develop ideas evolved by participants while [they are set to] teach basic concepts of entrepreneurship together with running practical workshops and promoting the spirit of team working, IRNA reported. -Tehran Times 4/15/19

Iranians Travel Less As U.S. Dollar Rose Fourfold In One Year

The representative of a travel trade association in Iran says that because of the fall in the value of the Iranian currency, travel abroad declined 45 percent during Norooz holidays last month. The official government IRNA news agency quoted Hormatollah Rafiei as saying that both ground and air travel declined as the U.S. dollar rose against the Iranian currency. 4/10/19

PHOTOS: Authentic Iranian Architecture And Culture In Kashan

Only three hours from the capital Tehran, the central city of Kashan in Isfahan province can definitely be deemed as a marvelous get-away for many urbanites who yearn for the authenticity of traditional Iranian culture and architecture. Travelers to Kashan can visit numerous historical houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that illustrate the finest examples of architecture from the Qajar era. -Behnam Yousefi, MNA 3/24/19

Austrian nationals on tour of Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan

A group of Austrian travelers has commenced an eight-day tour of Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, which was once shunned by potential foreign travelers. "A group of 20 Austrian travelers arrived in the province on Saturday in order to visit historical and cultural attractions of the region," a local tourism official said, IRNA reported. -Tehran Times 2/27/19

Tehran tourism exhibit to host over 700 Iranian, international businesses

A total of 660 Iranian tourism marketers and businesses along with 57 foreign ones will participate in the 12th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition, which will be running from February 12 to 15. Iran hosted 6,074,580 foreign nationals during the first nine months of the currant Iranian calendar year, up by 56 percent year on year. -Tehran Times 2/7/19

Iranian saffron ice cream among world's top 50 desserts

Iran's saffron ice cream or bastani, scented with saffron, rosewater and pistachios, is among the world's 50 best desserts, according to CNN. From a lightly golden color to its distinctive aroma, the creamy treat is the essence of spring. By tradition, this Iranian ice cream is a favorite at Nowruz, the Persian New Year. -Tehran Times 1/30/19

Iran Cargo-Plane Crash Near Tehran Leaves 15 Dead, Army Says

A cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan has crashed near the Iranian capital, with the country's military saying only one person of the 16 on board survived. The Boeing 707 exited the runway and hit a wall while trying to land in bad weather at Fath airport near the city of Karaj, 40 kilometers west of Tehran, reports said on January 14. -RFE/RL 1/14/19

Arrivals of Americans in Iran up 27% in 7 months on year

A total of 1,665 U.S. nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2018), an increase of 27 percent year on year. "1,665 Americans visited Iran during the first seven months of the year, up 27 percent in comparison to the same period a year earlier," said Vali Teymouri, a senior tourism official, ISNA reported. -Tehran Times 1/7/19

Belqeys Citadel in North Khorasan, Iran sees 55% more visitors

The ruined citadel, which is sometimes referred to as Shahr-e Belqeys ("The city of Belqeys") is located in northeastern North Khorasan province. It lies at a short distance from the city of Esfarayen. Remnants of the citadel, family lodgings, irrigation channels, a cistern, and a hypostyle hall are amongst objects so far been unearthed in Belqeys during rounds of excavation. 1/6/19

Makhmal Kuh: rugged, towering mountain of "velvet" in Lorestan, Iran

Makhmal Kuh, literary meaning velvet mountain, is an eye-catching and popular mount that dominates Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, western Iran. The name "velvet" comes from what the natural scenery induces its passersby to think about, "A foothill beneath velvet blankets"! -Ali Karimi, IRNA 12/24/18

Iran denies report of Germany's ban on Mahan Air in 2019

The Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO.IRI) has dismissed some media reports that Germany is planning to ban flights in and out of the country by Iran's Mahan Air in January. -Press TV 12/23/18

Hotels occupancy rate down 10% in Iran

Average occupancy rate of Iranian hotels has tumbled by around ten percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21) in comparison to the same period last year, head of Iran Hotel Association has said. 12/21/18

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

Europeans have constituted the highest number of arrivals in Iran's Shahdad desert since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), ISNA reported. Shahdad - a major part of the Lut desert in southeastern Kerman province - is home to massive sand pyramids created by wind and water. The "Lut" plain is a natural landscape of Iran which is a UNESCO registered site. -Tehran Times 12/16/18

Which countries do Iranians visit the most?

Which countries did Iranians travel to the most during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year started on March 21? Are they mostly the neighbors to the north, west, east and south? Western and European ones? The answer is an amalgam of all of the above, but Iraq holds a greater share than any other country. -Tehran Times 12/16/18

Iraq tops Iran's foreign tourists list

Some 2 million Iraqi nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), turning the country into Iran's largest source of tourists, ISNA reported. -Tehran Times 12/11/18

Iran's Fars province reports sharp rise in number of eco-lodges

Fars province's tourism department general has announced a rapid increase in the number of eco-lodges across the province, CHTN reported on Saturday. "The number of eco-lodges has been jumped from 50 to 80 units in the current Iranian calendar year from a year earlier, which shows 60 percent increase," a provincial tourism official said on Saturday, CHTN reported. -Tehran Times 12/3/18

Georgia Not Allowing Some Iranians To Enter The Country

The Iranian embassy in Georgia has confirmed reports on December 2 about the deportation or entry ban of dozens of Iranian citizens from the Caucasus country. Georgia is one of the countries in Iran's vicinity that has visa free travel for Iranians and many visit the country or even choose to obtain residence permits and live in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. -Radio Farda 12/3/18

Travel Risk Map puts Iran among "insignificant risk" destinations

The 2019 Travel Risk Map, which shows the risk level around the world, has put Iran among countries with "insignificant risk" when it comes to security. The ranking has taken into account factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country's susceptibility to natural disasters. 11/27/18

Iran hopes e-Visa can attract more foreign tourists

Iran has begun to issue electronic visa for foreign tourists as part of a larger initiative to cope with the restrictions imposed by the US administration on those traveling to the country. Iran issues electronic Visas for foreign tourists in 110 domestic and international airports. There is no difference between Iran's electronic and normal visas in terms of duration. The new Visa provides foreign tourists with a chance to visit Iran without any concern. -Press TV 11/25/18

IRAN: Motor vehicle fatality rate up by 1.7 percent in first half of the year

Road traffic accidents death rate in Iran increased by 1.7 percent over the first half of the current [Iranian calendar] year starting on March 21, compared to the corresponding period last year, IRIB reported on Monday. Iran's forensics organization recent report indicated that 8,841 individuals lost their lives in accidents over the aforesaid period. Men constituted 6,864 of the deaths, the report added. -Tehran Times 10/31/18

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