• Turkish investors to visit Iran on hotel building plan Yesterday 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.

  • An undated picture released by shows Western travelers posing for a photo at the premises of Chehel Sotoun, a Safavid-era pavilion in Isfahan, central Iran. 2017-10-19 08:00

    Overnight intl. visitors to Tehran on rise for sixth years in a r

    TEHRAN - The number of overnight international visitors to Tehran shows sixth years of consecutive growth, Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017 Report suggests. The figure is estimated to witness 0.9 percent of year-on-year rise by the end of 2017.

  • A view of Hilal ibn Ali shrine in Aran-Bidgol near Kashan, Isfahan province, central Iran. 2017-10-18 20:29

    Shrine of Hilal ibn Ali: Well-worth destination while touring central Iran

    TEHRAN - Each day hundreds of devoted Muslims along with domestic and foreign travelers visit the magnificent shrine of Hilal ibn Ali, which is located in Aran-Bidgol near Kashan, Isfahan province, central Iran.

  •  Armenia’s Minister of Culture Armen Amirian (R) and Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization Director Ali-Asghar Mounesan cut the ribbon on “Armenia and Iran: Memory of The Land 2017-10-18 19:48

    Iran-Armenia exhibit conveys massage of peace and friendship

    TEHRAN – Top Iranian and Armenian cultural officials and figures cut the ribbon on a joint exhibition of historical relics at the National Museum of Iran on Tuesday. Titled “Armenia and Iran: Memory of The Land”, the event is aimed to relay a message of peace and friendship.

  • The skyline of Yazd, a UNESCO-registered city in central Iran 2017-10-16 20:24

    Yazd on way to become first “City of Tourists” in Iran

    TEHRAN – The UNESCO-listed historical city of Yazd has launched a pilot project that could eventually turn it to the first “City of Tourists” in Iran, becoming a role model for other most-visited cities across the country.

  • A view of Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran 2017-10-15 09:01

    82,000 historical objects on show at Golestan Palace

    TEHRAN – The UNESCO-registered Golestan Palace in downtown Tehran features some 82,000 historical objects inside its museums that add up to its own charm, director of the historical site says.

  • 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.

  • Visitors walk through the scenic Katale-Khor Cave in Zanjan province, western Iran 2017-10-14 18:19

    Tougher regulation aims to protect Iran’s caves against damages

    TEHRAN – A taskforce commissioned by the Iranian Cave and Speleology Association has issued new guideline that requires provincial departments of environment to put in place tougher regulations to ensure the caves are better shielded against potential harms by people.

  • A view of Naqsh-e Rostam 2017-10-12 08:00

    Naqsh-e Rostam: A must-see tourist hotspot in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – A variety of spectacular massive rock–hewn tombs and bas-relief carvings at Naqsh-e Rostam has turned the ancient site to a must-see for holidaymakers traversing Iran. The Achaemenid necropolis is situated near Persepolis, itself a bustling UNESCO World Heritage site near the southern city of Shiraz.

  • CHTHO Deputy Director Mohammad Moheb-Khodai 2017-10-11 20:43

    Iran set to tap into Halal tourism

    TEHRAN – An Iranian tourism official says special attention should be paid to Halal tourism as an emerging economic powerhouse to materialize the goal of attracting 20 million tourists annually by 2025.

  • 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.

  • A view of Bazaar-e Vakil in Shiraz, southern Iran 2017-10-05 15:03

    Strolling through Bazaar-e Vakil in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – With its atmospheric maze of meandering alleys behind the screaming street traders, Bazaar-e Vakil has always been a bustling tourist destination in downtown Shiraz, southern Iran.

  • 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.

  • An undated photo depicts foreign passengers standing in Mashhad railway station as they have just got off Golden Eagle luxurious train for a layover from Moscow to Tehran. 2017-10-02 20:16

    Iran to welcome 22nd foreign tourists train in October

    TEHRAN – A total of 21 luxurious trains with foreign sightseers aboard have toured Iran over the past three years and a new one will arrive in the country in October, an official with the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways said on Friday.

  • Gahar Lake, a heaven for eco-tourists, environment lovers 2017-09-30 00:31

    Gahar Lake, a heaven for eco-tourists, environment lovers

    Encircled by snowcapped mountains, Gahar Lake is a bustling tourist resort in western Iran that attracts many sightseers and environment buffs every year.

  • People visit Iran’s pavilion at the 2017 IFTM Top Resa in Paris 2017-09-28 12:31

    Iran’s tourism potentials, traditions in limelight at Paris festival

    TEHRAN - Tourism potentials of Iran, its rich cultural heritage, traditions, and handicrafts are under the spotlight at the 39th IFTM Top Resa, a four-day French tourism exhibit that comes to an end on September 29 at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

  •  Picture depicts vestiges of a Sasanian-era monument in Bishapour, Fars province, southern Iran. 2017-09-28 07:31

    UNESCO experts in Iran weighing historical Sasanian ensemble

    TEHRAN – Experts from the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) accompanied by archaeologists from Germany and Italy visited parts of the historical Sasanian ancient cities and ruins on Wednesday as part of the process for inscribing the ensemble on UNESCO World Heritage List, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • Travelers visit the historical Alavian Dome in Hamedan 2017-09-26 09:17

    Iran to host 23rd UNWTO General Assembly

    TEHRAN – The Iranian city of Hamedan will play host to the 23rd general assembly meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in 2018, IRNA reported.

  • A photo collection depicts parts of the interior and façade of Boroujerdi-ha House, a 19th-century merchant mansion in Kashan, central Iran. 2017-09-16 18:24

    Boroujerdi-ha House lures travelers with plenty of traditional charm

    A photo collection depicts parts of the interior and façade of Boroujerdi-ha House, a 19th-century merchant mansion in Kashan, central Iran.

  • Photo shows a collection of Iranian potteries that are meticulously inlaid with enamel 2017-09-16 18:15

    Iran’s handicraft exports hit record high in March-July

    TEHRAN – Handicrafts exports from Iran hit a record high over the first four months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-July 22, 2017) with 45.4 percent growth in contrast to the same period a year earlier, a tourism official says.

  • Tourism ministers and high-profile representatives of various countries pose for a photo during the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu, China, September 13, 2017. 2017-09-14 02:20

    Iran offers ‘best use of communication technologies’ to spur tourism growth

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism chief on Wednesday urged global representatives at a UNWTO General Assembly to make the best use of digital technologies particularly in communication arena as a means for developing worldwide tourism and hospitality sectors.

  • 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.

  • A poster for the fifth Urmia Grape Festival 2017-09-08 13:57

    Grape festival time in northwest Iran

    TEHRAN – The fifth grape festival of Iran kicks off today in Urmia, the capital of West Azarbaijan province, with variety of parades, exhibits of grapes and grape products planned.

  •  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.