Travel

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  • Travelers sit overlooking the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan. (Photograph: James Strachan/Getty/Robert Harding World Imagery) 2017-08-17 13:53

    Some 360,000 Iranian expats toured home in 3-month span

    TEHRAN – A total of 360,200 of expatriate Iranians visited home as sightseers during the first three months of the current Iranian year (March 21 – June 21), a tourism official says.

  • A view of the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site 2017-08-15 10:09

    Tehran event to spotlight Tabriz as capital of Islamic tourism

    TEHRAN - The 28th National Crafts Exhibition which is to be held in Tehran is set to dedicate a special section to the city of Tabriz which will be the capital of Islamic tourism in 2018.

  • A view of the Lake of Ghosts in Mazandaran province, northern Iran. The small lake is peppered with some dead trees that add to its charm. 2017-08-15 09:53

    22 properties added to Iran’s natural heritage list

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization has recently inscribed 22 natural spots and landscapes on the national heritage list, IRNA reported on Saturday.

  • A file photo shows people visiting the three-story Amir Chakhmaq Complex in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-08-14 20:33

    Amir Chakhmaq Complex: A photogenic destination

    TEHRAN - The 19th-century Amir Chakhmaq Complex with its imposing three-story facade is one of the abundant tourist hotspots of Yazd, an oasis city in central Iran.

  • A view of St. Basil’s Cathedral, a major tourist destination in Moscow 2017-08-12 19:40

    Iranian tourist arrivals to Russia rise 9% in H1

    TEHRAN – The number of Iranian travelers who visited Russia during the first half of 2017 has witnessed 9 percent year-on-year growth, according to Rostourism - Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism.

  • People revel in a hot water spring near Sareyn in Ardebil province. 2017-08-12 19:40

    Dagestani bank offers $100m to Iran health tourism

    TEHRAN - Republic of Dagestan’s Elbin Bank aims to invest $100 million in Iran by constructing a health tourism township near the city of Ardebil in northwest of the country, IRNA reported on Friday.

  • 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.

  • CHTHO Director Zahra Ahmadipour presents a gift to Kazakhstan’s Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Mukhamediuly during a meeting in Tehran on August 8, 2017. 2017-08-09 20:05

    Tehran, Astana seeking an upswing in tourism ties

    TEHRAN - Iranian and Kazak officials have called for stronger tourism ties especially in marine and medical spheres.

  • Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei in an undated photo 2017-08-09 19:05

    Health tourism could fetch Iran $7b a year

    TEHRAN – The Iranian minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare has said that the country has a potential to earn $7 billion in revenues through attracting one million health tourists on a yearly basis.

  • PHOTO: A plane of Kish Airlines is seen in an undated photo 2017-08-08 08:54

    Iranian airline to launch weekly Bandar Abbas-Muscat service

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Kish Airlines has obtained a license from Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) to launch weekly flights connecting the port city of Bandar Abbas, southern Iran, to Oman’s capital city of Muscat.

  • An external view of the UNESCO-inscribed Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran 2017-08-07 19:37

    Intl. officials surprised to see Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – Senior officials from sixteen countries visited the UNESCO-inscribed Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran, expressing surprise at the architectural and artistic masterpieces of the historic complex.

  • Regional countries to help Iran reshape medical touris 2017-08-06 09:51

    Regional countries to help Iran reshape medical tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran has signed agreements with 13 neighboring countries with the aim of developing and reorganizing its medical tourism sector.

  • A walk through Sacred Defense Museum in Tehran 2017-08-06 09:50

    A walk through Sacred Defense Museum in Tehran

    Sacred Defense Museum on a landscaped site of 21 hectares in north-central Tehran is a gigantic war memorial with its collections concentrated heavily on the 1980-1988 Iran–Iraq war.

  • An undated photo shows a circle of foreign and domestic visitors to the ruins of Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran. 2017-08-02 18:29

    Iran's chamber of commerce to stage startup demo on tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA) will host its 4th startup demo on tourism in Tehran on August 6, in a bid to commercialize technological ideas that may buttress travel sector of the country.

  •  An undated photo released by IRNA depicts people visiting the UNESCO-inscribed Qareh Klise (the Monastery of Saint Thaddeus) in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province. 2017-07-31 18:09

    Iran to restore its UNESCO-inscribed churches

    In line with the goal of jumpstarting the tourism industry, Iran has allotted some $370,000 to the restoration of the UNESCO-inscribed churches that are located in northwest of the country.

  • Photo depicts a train operated by Iran’s Raja Rail Transportation Company crossing the monumental Veresk Bridge in northern Iran on July 27, 2017. 2017-07-30 09:15

    Raja operates weekly rail tours to northern Iran

    Photo depicts a train operated by Iran’s Raja Rail Transportation Company crossing the monumental Veresk Bridge in northern Iran on July 27, 2017.

  • Travelers sit overlooking the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan. (Photograph: James Strachan/Getty/Robert Harding World Imagery) 2017-07-30 07:14

    Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, cozy and symmetrical

    TEHRAN – The 17th century Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Isfahan, central Iran, is one of the architectural masterpieces of Iranian architecture.

  • Ebrahim Khan marketplace restored to former glory 2017-07-27 15:54

    Ebrahim Khan marketplace restored to former glory

    TEHRAN –Bazaar-e Ebrahim Khan, a historical marketplace in downtown Kerman, southern Iran, underwent a thoroughly restoration project, CHTN reported on Monday.

  • A view of Babak fortress, a tourist destination in West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran 2017-07-24 17:56

    Under tourists’ eyes: Challenging Babak fortress

    TEHRAN – High in the mountains at an altitude of 2,300 meters lies the relatively well-preserved Babak fortress, a tourist destination near Kaleybar in West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran.

  • A view of the Yazd Water Museum with one of its life-sized wax effigies in the foreground.  2017-07-23 09:29

    Under tourists’ eyes: Yazd Water Museum

    TEHRAN – The historical city of Yazd in central Iran is famous for its qanats. Yazd Water Museum, one of the best of its kind, is devoted to the brave men who built such underground aqueducts in the past.

  • Photo depicts a stone staircase dominated by magnificent bas-relief carvings at Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran, July 15, 2017 2017-07-23 09:27

    In Focus: Persepolis and its mesmerizing bas-relief carvings

    Photo depicts a stone staircase dominated by magnificent bas-relief carvings at Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Iran, July 15, 2017

  • A boy dives into a pool in Cheshmeh-Ali, literally meaning Spring of Ali, a historical and recreational spot located in the south of Tehran and north of Rey, on July 14, 2017. A 19th-century rock-carv 2017-07-16 09:02

    Cheshmeh-Ali, a tourist hub in southern Tehran

    A boy dives into a pool in Cheshmeh-Ali, literally meaning Spring of Ali, a historical and recreational spot located in the south of Tehran and north of Rey, on July 14, 2017. A 19th-century rock-carved bas-relief commissioned by the Qajar king Fath Ali shah (r. 1797 – 1834) is seen in the background as well.

  • Photo depicts people visiting Bagh-e Dolat Abad, a richly manicured historical garden in Yazd, central Iran, on July 10, 2017. An octagonal pavilion surmounted by an imposing wind tower is seen in the 2017-07-13 12:27

    Bagh-e Dolat Abad, an epitome of Persian Garden

    Photo depicts people visiting Bagh-e Dolat Abad, a richly manicured historical garden in Yazd, central Iran, on July 10, 2017. An octagonal pavilion surmounted by an imposing wind tower is seen in the picture as well.

  • Iranian airline to launch weekly Tabriz-Hamburg service 2017-07-12 17:54

    Iranian airline to launch weekly Tabriz-Hamburg service

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Qeshm Air on Friday will start its maiden weekly flight connecting Tabriz to Hamburg with return legs set to be operated on Saturdays, asriran.com reported.

  • A photo collection depicts a selection of many miniature mockups of national and global historical monuments that are under construction at a “Mini World” theme park in Malayer, western Iran, on July 2017-07-11 09:03

    “Mini World” theme park under construction in Iran

    A photo collection depicts a selection of many miniature mockups of national and global historical monuments that are under construction at a “Mini World” theme park in Malayer, western Iran, on July 8, 2017.

  • 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.

  • An undated photo released by IRNA depicts people visiting an enormous mansion set within the well-manicured Narenjestan garden, itself a major tourist destination in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2017-07-09 08:47

    Narenjestan garden, a tourist hotspot in Shiraz

    An undated photo released by IRNA depicts people visiting an enormous mansion set within the well-manicured Narenjestan garden, itself a major tourist destination in Shiraz, southern Iran.

  • CHTHO to introduce disable-friendly tourist sites 2017-07-09 08:46

    CHTHO to introduce disable-friendly tourist sites

    TEHRAN – The Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization of Iran is working on a website that will provide information on destinations across the country which are suitable for disabled persons.

  • Centuries-old cisterns on Iran’s Qeshm Island, southern Iran 2017-07-08 18:56

    Qeshm cisterns nominated for UNESCO prize

    TEHRAN – An innovative approach to revive ancient water structures on the Persian Gulf island of Qeshm in southern Iran has been nominated for the 2017 UNESCO Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

  • A traditional marketplace in Rasht, northern Iran 2017-07-04 09:30

    Iran attends UNESCO annual assembly on creative cities

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Deputy Director Bahman Namvar-Motlaq participated in the 12th annual meeting of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), which was held in Enghien-les-Bains, a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris, from June 29 to July 2.