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  • Iran’s deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri speaks in an undated photo. 2020-05-18 19:20

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran tourism industry to rebound sooner than expected: deputy minister

    TEHRAN – The tourism industry of Iran will get back on the right track sooner than expected thanks to measures taken to tackle the spread of coronavirus, deputy tourism minister Vali Teymouri has said.

  • Historical coin found in ancient port city southern Iran 2020-05-18 19:19

    Historical coin found in ancient port city southern Iran

    TEHRAN – A historical coin, dating from 1835 CE, has recently been found in the southern port city of Siraf while a databank was being established for fragments of centuries-old ceramics and potteries discovered through years of excavations in the ancient region. 

  •  Cars are seen on Road 59, also known as the Chalous Road, which connects Tehran to Chalous, on the southern coasts of the Caspian Sea. The mountainous road is one of the busiest in Iran. 2020-05-17 18:39

    Tourism ministry issues guideline to curb pandemic as travels seen to rise

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts has issued a guideline comprising health protocols to lessen coronavirus pandemic as many families are expected to start domestic travels during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holidays (May 24 and 25).

  • Ancient castles and fortresses in Iran: Zahhak Castle 2020-05-17 18:38

    Ancient castles and fortresses in Iran: Zahhak Castle

    Even though Iran is better known for foreign tourists by magnificent mosques, labyrinthine bazaars, madrasas, wind-catchers, ancient cities like Persepolis, which was once the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, the nation does have a large number of rather forgotten historical heritages like tens of ruined castles.

  • Centuries-old polo field discovered in western Iran 2020-05-15 22:21

    Centuries-old polo field discovered in western Iran

    TEHRAN – A centuries-old Chogan (polo) filed with stone gates, one of which bearing a dedicatory inscription, has recently been found near a village in Iran’s western Lorestan province, provincial tourism chief has announced.

  • 800 historical monuments, sites to be ceded to private sector 2020-05-13 22:59

    800 historical monuments, sites to be ceded to private sector

    TEHRAN – Some 800 historical monuments and sites across the country have been identified to be temporarily ceded to the private sector with the aim of higher productivity and better maintenance.

  • Half of Iran’s hotels reopened after taking hit from coronavirus 2020-05-12 18:11

    Half of Iran’s hotels reopened after taking hit from coronavirus

    TEHRAN – Some 50 percent of hotels across Iran have so far been reopened after the hospitality industry took a severe hit from coronavirus pandemic in both at the national and international levels.

  • Half-priced discounts approved for medical staff in post-coronavirus 2020-05-11 23:42

    Half-priced discounts approved for medical staff in post-coronavirus

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism minister on Monday announced that 676 four- and five-star hotels, eco-lodge units, and hotel apartments have announced their readiness to offer half-priced discounts to medical professionals after the coronavirus pandemic is defeated.

  • Darak, where the barren desert meets the sea in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province 2020-05-10 20:17

    Tourism development in Sistan-Baluchestan among top priorities: minister

    TEHRAN – Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan has said that development of the travel industry across Sistan-Baluchestan province is among top priorities.

  • File photo depicts international travelers posing for a photo during their visits to the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, which was once the ceremonial capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BC), in southern Iran. 2020-05-09 18:09

    COVID-19 cuts foreign arrivals in Iran by 15.8%: UNWTO

    TEHRAN – Iran has suffered an average 15.8 percent fall in foreign arrivals during the first three months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) that analyzes impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism.

  • A view of the adobe Bam Citadel before the 2003 earthquake 2020-05-08 20:04

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran, quakes, and tourism

    Early on Friday, an earthquake of magnitude 5.1 struck Damavand county, 56km northeast of the capital Tehran, killing two and injuring 33. It made an excuse for writing a note about the impact of natural disasters, specifically earthquakes, on tourism and cultural heritage.

  • Tiran-Karvan home 2020-05-08 11:43

    Tiran-Karvan home to enigmatic stone doors

    Tiran-Karvan county in central Iran is somewhat known for its enigmatic stone doors that lead to backyard of many houses.

  • More tourists visit Mazandaran province and spend more 2020-05-06 23:07

    More tourists visit Mazandaran province and spend more

    TEHRAN – The number of foreign tourists visiting the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran rose by 81 percent during the past Iranian year 1398 (ended March 19) while spending rose by almost a quarter, according to a senior provincial official.

  • Comprehensive tourism plan to be formulated for Lake Urmia 2020-05-05 23:48

    Comprehensive tourism plan to be formulated for Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – Iran’s West Azarbaijan province aims to develop a comprehensive tourism plan to boost tourism around Lake Urmia, which was once the largest salt-water lake in West Asia.

  • Iranian women wear protective masks to prevent contracting a coronavirus, as they walk at Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran February 20, 2020. (Photo credit: Reuters) 2020-05-05 18:59

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Normal life not a distant dream as Tehran sees drop in new corona cases

    The average death toll from COVID-19 pandemic in Iran has been on the decline, and also in the capital Tehran, over the past couple of weeks, thanks to a temporary lockdown introduced earlier in March.

  • A bird sits on the top of an inverted tulip on the hillside of Mount Golestan, central Khansar county, May 4, 2020.  2020-05-05 18:58

    Inverted tulips adorn hillsides in central Iran 

    A bird sits on the top of an inverted tulip on the hillside of Mount Golestan, central Khansar county, May 4, 2020. 

  • An undated photo shows vehicles jamming the road that goes from Tehran to the Caspian Sea coast, northern Iran. 2020-05-04 20:30

    Iran formulates coronavirus safety guidelines ahead of anticipated travel surge

    TEHRAN – In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts has announced new guidelines and instructions to ramp up the safety of travels across the country.

  • File photo depicts Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the city of Shiraz, southern Iran. 2020-05-04 19:25

    National Shiraz Day: an emblem of Persian history, culture, and literature

    TEHRAN – Yesterday, many lovers of Persian culture, history and literature marked the National Shiraz Day mainly through online programs and visits to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city.

  • Iran calls for return of relics confiscated in Austria 2020-05-03 20:03

    Iran calls for return of relics confiscated in Austria

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts has called for the return of relics, which were discovered from a safety-deposit box of a bank in Austria last year.

  • Tehran Times: an advocate of cultural heritage, travel and folk awareness 2020-05-03 20:02

    Tehran Times: an advocate of cultural heritage, travel and folk awareness

    Iran’s first UNESCO sites registered when the daily was born

    TEHRAN - Since it was established in May 1979, the Tehran Times has put the priority on covering top stories about Iran’s history, cultural heritage, tourism, folk traditions, festivals and arts as well as notifying potential threats in these realms in line with its main mission to air the voice of the Islamic Revolution.

  • An Iran Air aircraft takes off from the International Imam Khomeini Airport in an undated photo. 2020-05-02 21:05

    Travel ads start in Iran as coronavirus lockdown eased

    TEHRAN – Travel advertising has been resumed in Iran mainly for destinations that have no traces of the coronavirus.

  • Oshnavieh, an archaeologist’s paradise 2020-05-02 21:04

    Oshnavieh, an archaeologist’s paradise

    TEHRAN – Resting on a layer cake of civilizations that have come and gone for millennia, Oshnavieh county, in northwest Iran, is teemed with ancient hills, tomb chambers, archaeological sites and bas-relief carvings. According to many, it’s a paradise for archaeologists.

  • ‘Gateway of the Slaves’: a millennia-old mudbrick town in southern Iran  2020-05-01 20:30

    ‘Gateway of the Slaves’: a millennia-old mudbrick town in southern Iran 

    TEHRAN – Thanks to the shifting of sand dunes, foundations of forgotten buildings and relics across the globe are uncovered time after time.

  • Ali-Asghar Mounesan in an undated photo 2020-05-01 20:00

    Iran raises annual tourism budget by 39%

    TEHRAN- Iran’s national budget bill proposed for the current fiscal year (started March 20), has allocated 15.326 trillion rials (about $360 million at the official dollar rate of 42,000 rials) to the tourism sector, an increase of 39 percent year on year. 

  • Iranian windmills one step closer to UNESCO status 2020-04-29 23:00

    Iranian windmills one step closer to UNESCO status

    TEHRAN – Iran is further moving towards inscribing its ancient windmills on the UNESCO World Heritage list as the country has recently completed their documentation as a preliminary stage.

  • ‘World’s longest qanat’ under restoration in central Iran 2020-04-26 17:05

    ‘World’s longest qanat’ under restoration in central Iran

    TEHRAN – A restoration project has been commenced on sections of Zarch Qanat in central Iran, which had been harmed by recent flash floods. Widely known as the world’s longest subterranean aqueduct, the qanat is stretched some 80 km across Yazd province.

  • Archaeological survey aims to spotlight cultural sequence in northwestern Iran 2020-04-24 17:57

    Archaeological survey aims to spotlight cultural sequence in northwestern Iran

    TEHRAN – A fresh archaeological season is scheduled to start today in Germi county, northwestern Ardebil province, in a bid to turn the spotlight on the long cultural sequence in the region.

  • People visit Kal-e Jenni Canyon in an undated photo. 2020-04-22 21:00

    Avoid overtourism and try these hidden gems

    Eight incredible places in Iran most tourists don’t know about

    If you are kind of a traveler who dislikes overtourism, willing to infuse money into local economies, supporting conservation projects and local artisans, and building bridges across cultures, you may find your destination here in this page.

  • 22 new eco-lodges aim to improve hospitality in Hormozgan 2020-04-21 23:20

    22 new eco-lodges aim to improve hospitality in Hormozgan

    TEHRAN – A total of 22 new eco-lodges were inaugurated across Hormozgan during the past Iranian calendar year 1398 (ended March 20) in a bid to improve hospitality sector in the southern Iranian province.

  • 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. 2020-04-21 20:30

    Foreign arrivals in West Azarbaijan up 12% yr/yr

    TEHRAN - The number of international tourists visiting [or passing through] Iran’s West Azarbaijan province rose by 12 percent during the past Iranian calendar year 1398 compared to the year earlier.