Afshin Majlesi


  • Tourists visit a Zoroastrian tower of silence and its adjacent fire temple in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-11-21 09:43

    Iran sets sights on expats to boost tourism

    TEHRAN – The Iranian tourism body aims to exploit “untapped potential” of expatriates who can prompt foreign nationals to visit the country.

  • A view of Masjed-e Agha Bozorg, a 19th-century mosque in Kashan, central Iran 2017-11-15 20:51

    Masjed-e Agha Bozorg: Gorgeous blend of Islamic, Persian architecture

    TEHRAN – Masjed-e Agha Bozorg (Agha Bozorg Mosque) is simply one of many top destinations in central Iran that lure not only the faithful but travelers and architecture buffs.

  • A view of Bisotun bas-relief carving, a World Heritage site in Kermanshah province, western Iran. 2017-11-13 19:49

    Quake harms historical sites in western Iran

    TEHRAN – A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran late on Sunday, causing relatively minor damage to several historic and heritage sites in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces.

  • ‘Media should broaden outlook towards handicrafts’ 2017-11-05 08:21

    By Afshin Majlesi

    ‘Media should broaden outlook towards handicrafts’

    A senior official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization urges media to assume an extended role in promoting the “proper usage” of national handicrafts.

  • Tourism holds vast potential for Iran-Korea co-op: envoy 2017-10-30 19:18

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tourism holds vast potential for Iran-Korea co-op: envoy

    TEHRAN – Seoul’s ambassador to Tehran says tourism holds vast potential for the growth of cooperation between Iran and South Korea though most of the potential is still untapped.

  •  A view of Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a UNESCO World Heritage in southwest Iran 2017-10-27 13:19

    Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System: A clue to human genius

    TEHRAN - Inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009 as a ‘masterpiece of creative genius’, the Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System in southwest Iran is a destination for history buffs, nature lovers and travelers who eyewitness how the prehistoric yet homogeneous hydraulic system works.

  • A nomadic troupe performs an indigenous music in Sistan-Baluchestan province, southeast Iran. 2017-10-25 19:39

    15 Eco-lodges to open in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN – A total of 15 eco-lodges are about to open doors to travelers in Sistan-Baluchestan province, a booming yet untapped tourist destination in southeast Iran.

  • A paragliding athlete is about to fly across an oasis landscape in Yazd province, central Iran. 2017-10-24 09:19

    Yazd to host air sports tourism event

    TEHRAN – The rugged landscape of Yazd province in central Iran will play host to a four-day festival of air sports tourism, which will start on October 31.

  • A craftswoman meticulously brush paints a traditional fruit pot in an undated photo. 2017-10-23 20:55

    Handicraft exports sees ten-fold rise to $2b

    TEHRAN – Iran has set a goal to increase the value of handicraft exports per annum to $2 billion by 2021 from currently around $240 million, the director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) said on Saturday.

  • Turkish investors to visit Iran on hotel building plan 2017-10-21 20:07

    Turkish investors to visit Iran on hotel building plan

    TEHRAN – A delegation of Turkish investors and tour operators will follow up on the issue of building ten five-star hotels in Iran during a visit to the country within the next two months, Iran’s tourism chief says.

  • A file photo shows life-size sculptures standing in front of the three-story Amir Chakhmaq Complex in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-10-21 20:06

    UNESCO tag forecast to draw more foreign tourists to Yazd

    TEHRAN – The number of international travelers visiting Iran’s Yazd province is estimated to grow by 20 percent in the current Iranian calendar year (March 2017-March 2018) as the capital city of Yazd was made a UNESCO World Heritage in June.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their visit to the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, in southern Iran. 2017-10-16 20:25

    Booming small businesses can buttress tourism in Iran: official

    TEHRAN – Empowering small businesses can be used as an initiative which can consequently cater to boom in the country’s travel and hospitality sectors, said Ali-Asghar Mounesan, the director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.

  • Hormuz, the rainbow island of Iran 2017-10-14 20:25

    Hormuz, the rainbow island of Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf is well-known for its eye-catching ochre, a red-colored earth pigment that attracts domestic and foreign nature lovers and holidaymakers.

  • Officials of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad in talk with Iranian media delegation, September 18, 2017. 2017-10-10 11:27

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Explore Pakistan, the land unknown to many

    My Travelogue of Pakistan

    When I was told by my superiors to make a journey to Pakistan, I started wondering how traveling to our neighboring country could be. Soon after, I made up my mind to perceive the country objectively and feel it personally, not in the way some mainstream media portray it.

  • Foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Iran 2017-10-05 15:02

    Foreign tourists spectate Muharram rituals in Iran

    TEHRAN – Clusters of foreign travelers witnessed rituals of Tasua and Ashura – the ninth and tenth days of the mourning month of Muharram - which were vividly observed by millions of people on Saturday and Sunday in various cities across Iran.

  • Mehdi Honardoost 2017-10-03 10:47

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran-Pakistan ties on rise but still below expectations: ambassador

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Tehran’s ambassador to Islamabad says ties between Iran and Pakistan are on the rise but still far behind the existing potentials.

  • An Iranian troupe performs during a ceremony to mark World Tourism Day at Tehran’s International Conference Center, September 19, 2017. 2017-09-26 21:21

    ‘Tourism brings hope, prosperity and understanding’

    TEHRAN – Tourism brings hope, prosperity and understanding to so many lives and livelihoods all over the world, says secretary general of the World Tourism Organization.

  • A view of Masouleh, a touristic village in northern Iran 2017-09-13 19:27

    Masouleh dossier at final stage for UNESCO tag

    TEHRAN - The process of compiling an all-inclusive dossier for possible inscription of Masouleh, a historical village in northern Iran, has entered its delicate final phase, a cultural heritage official says.

  • An undated photo depicts an Iranian traveler looking at a tourist map in Istanbul, Turkey. 2017-09-12 08:51

    Iran’s 5-month outbound passengers +20.9% y/y: official

    TEHRAN – Over 3.4 million Iranians traveled abroad during the first five months of the current [Iranian] calendar year (started on March 21, 2017), an increase of 20.9 percent from a year earlier, a tourism official said on Monday.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their visit to the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, in southern Iran. 2017-09-11 19:02

    Over 4.9m foreign travelers visited Iran in 2016: UNWTO

    TEHRAN –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.

  •  People visit Iran’s pavilion at the China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017, September 8, 2017. 2017-09-10 09:02

    Iran’s tourism potentials, traditions under spotlight at Chinese festival

    TEHRAN – Tourism potentials of Iran, its cultural heritage, traditions, and handicrafts are in the limelight at the China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017 (CITIE), which opened its doors to the public at the China Import and Export Fair Complex on September 8.

  • A cluster of foreign tourists pose for a photo during their visit to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. Women are clad in chadors, a shapeless gown that cov 2017-09-09 20:27

    Iran experiencing significant boom in Western tourist arrivals

    TEHRAN – Emerging from years of strict economic sanctions and an image tarnished by certain media outlets, Iran is now experiencing significant boom in Western tourist arrivals as the country harbors a rich cultural heritage and history and maybe above all being home to many hospitable people.

  • Scaffolding poles support portions of Takht-e Soleyman, a UNESCO-registered historical site in northwest Iran. 2017-09-09 10:14

    Rehabilitation work restarts at Takht-e Soleyman

    TEHRAN – A new round of restoration works on the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman (“Solomon’s Throne”) in northwest Iran has recently been commenced by a team of Iranian and German experts.

  • An undated photo depicts previously excavated parts of the Great Wall of Gorgan in northern Iran. 2017-09-08 13:53

    Eyeing UNESCO status, Iran’s Great Wall of Gorgan to undergo restoration

    TEHRAN – The ancient Great Wall of Gorgan, northern Iran, is projected to be restored with an eye to get UNESCO World Heritage status

  •  An undated photo shows some troglodyte homes carved out of noticeably eroded rocks in Kandovan village, northwest Iran. 2017-09-05 08:31

    Iran makes leap forward in UNESCO inscription of Kandovan village

    TEHRAN – Iran’s heritage body seeks to remove obstacles for possible inscription of Kandovan village, northwest of the country, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, so as to comply with the UN organization’s requirements and criteria for assuming the privilege.

  •  A photo collection depicts some giant models of Iranian UNESCO World Heritage sites at Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum. 2017-09-04 19:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    See Iran’s World Heritage sites in landscaped miniature park

    TEHRAN – For ones who are always short of time but fascinated with rich Iranian cultural heritage - no matter what age they are - visiting Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum, featuring replicas of the country’s most important historical landmarks and landscapes, is a must.

  • Tourists visit a Zoroastrian tower of silence and its adjacent fire temple in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-09-03 08:49

    Yazd on traveler’s radar after getting UNESCO status

    TEHRAN – Tour operators working in Iran and even abroad have lauded the inclusion of Yazd on UNESCO World Heritage list, as a privilege that helps to put the historic city on traveler’s radar worldwide.

  •  A general view of Takht-e Soleyman, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its rugged landscape in northwest Iran. 2017-09-01 08:30

    Takht-e Soleyman: Harmonious sanctuary inspired by natural context

    TEHRAN – Overlooking a lake with a backdrop of a snowcapped mountain range in northwest Iran, lies the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman (“Solomon’s Throne”), an archeological and touristic site that bears testimony to various eras of the nation’s history.

  • Picture depicts the skyline of Yazd, a UNESCO-registered historical city in central Iran. 2017-08-30 18:58

    Yazd revels in tourism surge

    TEHRAN – 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.

  • CTHTO Director Ali-Asghar Mounesan speaks in an undated photo. 2017-08-30 18:55

    Each tourist means 30 barrels of oil in revenues for Iran

    TEHRAN – 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.