• Shiraz to resume holding Pars intl. tourism exhibit Yesterday 20:04

    Shiraz to resume holding Pars intl. tourism exhibit

    TEHRAN – After a five-year halt, the southern Iranian city of Shiraz will host the 9th Pars international tourism exhibition from December 10 to 13.

  • A modern troglodyte in Maymand, a UNESCO-registered village in Kerman province 2017-11-07 09:20

    Tourist arrivals in Maymand on rise

    TEHRAN – The number of travelers visiting Maymand, a UNESCO-registered village in the southeastern province of Kerman, has risen in the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2017).

  • Ground broken for new 5-star hotel in Zanjan 2017-10-29 10:14

    Ground broken for new 5-star hotel in Zanjan

    TEHRAN – A number of officials broke ground on a new five-star hotel in the city of Zanjan, west-central Iran, CHTN reported on Thursday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • People visit Falak-ol-Aflak Castle in Khorramabad, the capital city of Lorestan province. 2017-09-16 18:16

    Lorestan province’s tourist numbers on rise

    TEHRAN – The number of tourists who visited natural and historical attractions in Lorestan province, western Iran, rose nearly 30 percent during the first four and a half months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2017) in comparisons to the same period last year, the province’s tourism chief says.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  •  The picture shows an artist’s rendition of the Isfahan Healthcare City in central Iran, whenever the massive project is fully completed. 2017-08-23 18:23

    Healthcare city aims to boost Iran’s medical tourism prospects

    TEHRAN – The first phase of an enormous healthcare city was officially inaugurated in the city of Isfahan, central Iran, on Monday as the country avidly seeks to surge its global share of the medical tourism market.

  • A view of Miyandasht Caravanserai in north central Iran 2017-08-12 19:39

    Centuries-old caravanserais ceded to private sector

    TEHRAN – Two caravanserais in Semnan Province, north central Iran, were ceded to the private sector by auction late last week with the aim of making the best use of such centuries-old heritage sites, CHTN reported on Wednesday.

  • An exterior view of Dariush Hotel on Kish Island, southern Iran 2017-07-10 18:31

    Iran’s tropical island to launch giant winter recreation hub

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

  • Iran’s tourism chief Zahra Ahmadipour (C) addresses a travel meeting on Russia in Tehran on June 17, 2017. 2017-06-20 09:41

    Iran seeks balanced tourism ties with Russia

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism chief on Saturday urged the need to achieve a balance between the inbound and outbound tourist flows that currently exist between the country and Russia.

  • A general view of the Burnt City, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, southeast Iran. 2017-06-07 21:38

    Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan lures tourism investors: official

    TEHRAN – Sistan-Baluchestan, a southeastern Iranian province, is more and more attracting tourism investors in particular in its ecotourism and hospitality sector, the provincial tourism chief says.

  • A general view of Anzali Free Zone in northern Iran. 2017-05-31 19:05

    Anzali Free Zone on way to be a tourist hotspot

    TEHRAN – Soaring numbers of travelers to Anzali Free Zone along with ongoing efforts to boost its tourism infrastructure are sure signs that it is on track to become a bustling tourist hub in northern Iran.

  • Espinas Palace Hotel 2017-05-29 17:39

    More 4&5 star hotels to jumpstart Iranian hospitality industry

    TEHRAN – A total of 20 four- and five-star hotels will be inaugurated across Iran by the end of the current calendar year (March 20, 2018), a tourism official has said.

  • A view of Naqsh-e Rustam in Fars province. Located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, the historical necropolis embraces rock-hewn royal tombs and bas-relief carvings associated with the Achaemenid 2017-05-25 22:37

    Fars province’s foreign tourist arrivals rise 42% y/y

    TEHRAN – Fars province attracted over 165,000 foreign tourists in the first two months of the current calendar year (March 21 – May 21), up 42 percent from a year earlier, the provincial tourism chief announced on Monday.

  • A Westerner couple pose for a photo at the UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan on November 9, 2016. The Safavid-era Ali Qapu Palace in seen in the background. 2017-05-25 14:17

    Isfahan marks monthly record for tourist visits

    Isfahan province hosted 123,000 foreign tourists in Ordibehesht - the second Iranian calendar month (April 21 – May 21) - the provincial tourism chief Rasoul Zargarpour said on Tuesday.

  • Tourists walk through the Persepolis archeological site in southern Iran. It was a ceremonial capital of Persian Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BC). 2017-05-22 20:31

    Travelers find absolute bargains whilst trekking in Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran is extraordinarily easy on the wallet since travel costs including the ones for food, accommodation and transportation are fairly low.

  • An undated photo shows foreign travelers at Tavasolian eco-lodge in Natanz, Ishafan province 2017-05-17 18:06

    Tourism body pushes for quality as eco-lodges thriving across Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization is stepping up efforts to improve the quality of countrywide eco-lodges that have been on the rise over the past couple of years.

  • An undated photo depicts the bizarre exterior of Barin Hotel in the Alborz mountain range, northern Iran. 2017-05-14 09:28

    Barin, one of fanciest ski hotels ever

    An undated photo depicts the bizarre exterior of Barin Hotel in the Alborz mountain range, northern Iran.

  • UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai addresses the 105th UNWTO Executive Council in Madrid, Spain on May 12, 2017. 2017-05-13 18:44

    Spain willing to invest in Iran’s tourism infrastructure

    TEHRAN – Spain is willing to invest in tourism and hospitality infrastructures across Iran, IRNA quoted Matilde Pastora Asian Gonzalez, Secretary of State for Tourism of Spain, as saying on Friday.

  • An interior view of Malek al-Tojjar boutique hotel, which has been repurposed from a historic mansion in Yazd. 2017-05-10 20:37

    Private investments in cultural heritage restoration surge

    TEHRAN – The sum of private investments in restoration of cultural heritage structures have witnessed a staggering 449% rise over the past four years compared to the previous records.

  • Iranian tourism official Mohammadreza Pouyandeh (L) shakes hands with Spanish Paradores official Juan Carlos Sanchez Gavez in Tehran on May 1, 2017. Spanish Ambassador Eduardo Lopez Busquets is seen i 2017-05-05 12:22

    Spanish company to put extra sparkle to Iranian heritage sites

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Revitalization and Utilization Fund for Historical Places has inked a memorandum of understanding with the Spanish hospitality company Paradores in a bid to refurbish some historical structures across Iran and repurpose them into lodging facilities.

  • A poster for Tourism Investment Conference of Semnan Province 2017-05-02 09:12

    Semnan conference aims to spur investment in tourism

    TEHRAN – The Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department of Semnan province, north-central Iran, will host a tourism investment conference on May 4.

  • Tourists from Hong Kong visit the Gate of All Nations at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis in southern Iran, February 11, 2016. (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri) 2017-04-26 20:52

    Foreign tourist arrivals fetch Iran $32b in four years

    TEHRAN – Foreign tourists have spent some $32 billion in Iran over the past four years, said an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization.

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-04-06 14:10

    Tehran eyes rise in inbound tourists this year: AGI

    TEHRAN – The bustling yet historical Iranian capital is expected to witness a boom in the number of its visitors this year, though years of international sanctions had slowed the expansion of tourism industry in the country, Italian Journalist Agency -- Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI) – reported on March 31.