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  • Beijing’s ambassador in Tehran Chang Hua speaks at a press conference at China’s embassy in Tehran, February 5, 2020. The envoy discussed on the coronavirus spreading in China and beyond, as well as a range of related issues such as ways to control the disease, its death toll, the humanitarian aid, economy, trade and travel with a host of reporters and media personnel. 2020-02-05 19:08

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Beijing envoy says will make every effort to expand Iran-China tourism ties

    Chinese ambassador in Tehran Chang Hua said on Wednesday that the embassy will make every effort to expand tourism relations between the two countries.

  • Foreign arrivals in Mazandaran surge 38 percent 2020-01-14 19:13

    Foreign arrivals in Mazandaran surge 38 percent

    TEHRAN – The number of foreign visitors arriving in Iran’s northern Mazandaran province surged 38 percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2019), compared with the same period last year, provincial deputy tourism chief has said.

  • A sightseer poses for a photo during her visit to the Qeshm Geopark in the Persian Gulf, southern Iran. 2020-01-13 20:08

    Cloudburst closes UNESCO-tagged geopark in Iran’s Qeshm

    TEHRAN – Severe rainstorms over the past few days have led to the temporarily closure of Qeshm Geopark in the Persian Gulf, aiming to safeguard eco-travelers and visitors to the UNESCO-registered site.

  • A typical cave residence in the UNESCO-registered village of Maymand, southeast Iran 2020-01-11 19:29

    Maymand: A very old village of troglodytes

    TEHRAN - The term “cave dwellers” conjures up prehistoric images in your mind when caves served as one of the earliest dwellings for human beings. Here we want to take a look at Maymand, an exemplar manmade-cave dwelling in southeast Iran, where people made a living about five or six millennia ago.

  • Some 2,000 eco-lodges operating across Iran 2020-01-10 19:12

    Some 2,000 eco-lodges operating across Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran has been constructing hundreds of eco-lodge guesthouses over the past couple of years to meet demands of rising eco-travelers and sightseers and now about 2,000 eco-lodges are in operation across the country.

  • 3,000-year-old silk spinning still practiced in Iran 2020-01-04 18:53

    3,000-year-old silk spinning still practiced in Iran

    TEHRAN – There are silk makers in different parts of Iran, mainly in northern Gilan and northeastern Khorasan Razavi provinces, that still practice the trade their ancestors did some 3,000 years ago.

  •  Travelers visit Naqsh-e Rostam, an Achaemenid-era rock-hewn necropolis in southern Iran 2019-12-31 21:12

    ECO Cultural Institute seeks tourism boom, new president says

    TEHRAN – The newly-appointed president of the Economic Cooperation Organization Cultural Institute said on Monday that development of tourism industry is a priority of her mission through launching joint projects with other member states.

  • 17 tourism projects worth $35m to get off the ground in Ardebil 2019-12-30 19:24

    17 tourism projects worth $35m to get off the ground in Ardebil

    TEHRAN – Seventeen tourism projects, worth 1,500 billion rials (some $35 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) will be inaugurated in northwestern Ardebil province in the near future.

  • Tehran, Kabul discuss ways to broaden medical tourism co-op 2019-12-29 18:45

    Tehran, Kabul discuss ways to broaden medical tourism co-op

    TEHRAN – Iranian and Afghan officials on Saturday exchanged views on ways to deepen health cooperation in a wide-ranging arenas, including medical tourism, education and student scholarships.

  • Tourism and Iran’s Transition Economy 2019-12-29 14:20

    Tourism and Iran’s Transition Economy

    All over the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, the vast potential of tourism is being explored. Iran needs to do the same to shift away from oil dependency since globally; we are moving towards a greener economy. Governments and businesses are not only declaring a commitment to sustainable models of operation but are actively implementing national-level strategies to coordinate this transition.

  • Ali-Asghar Mounesan in an undated photo 2019-12-25 19:17

    Iran to unveil national brand name for tourism

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister has said that the national brand for tourism will be unveiled on February 11, 2020.

  •  Foreign travelers tour Iran’s UNESCO-registered Lut Desert. 2019-12-22 21:36

    Iranian provinces tasked to expand own overseas tourism markets

    TEHRAN – In order to promote decentralization in the domestic tourism industry, each Iranian province is tasked to develop its own tourism market abroad, particularly for visitors from nearby countries.

  • Ashuradeh, Iran’s sole island in the Caspian Sea, is a rich ecological haven for many migratory birds. 2019-12-18 18:52

    Birdwatching can propel tourism growth in Caspian Sea island

    TEHRAN – Ashuradeh, Iran’s sole island in the Caspian Sea, and its surrounding wetlands constitute a rich ecological haven for many migratory birds. However, birdwatching has remained somehow an untapped potential for tourism growth in the coastal region.

  • Food and travel vlogger Mark Wiens in an undated photo 2019-12-08 18:59

    American travel-food vlogger takes social media by storm in Iran

    TEHRAN – Thailand-based American food and travel vlogger Mark Wiens has recently arrived in Tehran, tasting street foods and sending videos to hundreds of thousands of his followers on the social media.

  • Iran promoting tourism, traditions and arts at Ankara exhibit 2019-11-15 18:55

    Iran promoting tourism, traditions and arts at Ankara exhibit

    TEHRAN – Iranian exhibitors, tour operators, artists and craftspeople are promoting tourism, traditions and arts of the ancient land at the 4th Travelexpo Ankara (locally named “Turizm ve Seyahat Fuari”, which is currently underway at the Turkish capital city.

  • International female travelers pose for a photo while visiting a religious shrine in Aran-Bidgol, central Iran. They are clad in chadors, shapeless gowns that cover their entire bodies, to respect a dress code required for female pilgrims. 2019-11-09 19:59

    Foreign arrivals in Aran-Bidgol jump 50% in 7 months on year

    TEHRAN - The number of foreign arrivals in Aran-Bidgol soared 50 percent in the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started on March 21) from a year earlier, governor of the Iranian oasis town said on Saturday.

  • Visit ‘Owpart’ where jungle borders desert in Iran 2019-11-09 19:31

    Visit ‘Owpart’ where jungle borders desert in Iran

    TEHRAN – Amongst wanders of the nature is sudden climate change when you pass Iran’s northern Mazandaran province for Semnan in its south. Here the Owpart region acts like an elevated natural barrier, dividing lush jungles from the harsh, sun-scorched desert lands.

  • People visit Shahdad, a touristic part of the UNESCO-registered Lut desert, in Iran’s Kerman province. 2019-11-03 20:13

    A wild, remote adventure to tour Iran’s giant dunes

    TEHRAN – Shahdad, a major part of the UNESCO-registered Lut desert, has long been a destination for adventurers, nature lovers, off-roaders and trekkers.

  • Discover incredible rock formations in southern Iranian island  2019-11-01 19:56

    Discover incredible rock formations in southern Iranian island 

    TEHRAN – You can find one of the world’s most eye-catching nature’s creativities at its finest on Qeshm Island, southern Iran, where stunning rock formations are a sign of perpetual thumping of the waves, storms and raging winds.

  • Vienna’s ambassador to Tehran, Stefan Scholz, in an undated photo 2019-10-20 19:11

    Sanctions no obstacle for Austrian tourists to visit Iran: envoy

    TEHRAN – Vienna’s ambassador to Tehran believes that U.S. sanctions against Iran will be no obstacle in the path of Austrian tourists to travel to the Islamic Republic.

  • Chabahar Free Zone seeks to attract more travelers 2019-10-16 19:03

    Chabahar Free Zone seeks to attract more travelers

    TEHRAN – Chabahar Free Zone Organization plans to develop tourism infrastructure in order to attract more travelers to the port area, which is situated in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province.

  • Mighan wetland hosts migratory birds once again 2019-10-15 20:23

    Mighan wetland hosts migratory birds once again

    TEHRAN – Mighan wetland in central province of Markazi has returned back to life due to above normal rainfall and is now home to flocks of migratory birds which come to spend the winter, Mehr reported on Tuesday.

  • Austria shares know-how to boost sustainable tourism in Iran: envoy 2019-09-25 18:10

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Austria shares know-how to boost sustainable tourism in Iran: envoy

    TEHRAN – Vienna’s ambassador to Tehran, Stefan Scholz, said on Wednesday that Austria has launched a new partnership with Iran to promote an inclusive growth of tourism and economy.

  • Eco-lodges thriving in Iran’s Golestan province 2019-09-23 22:52

    Eco-lodges thriving in Iran’s Golestan province

    TEHRAN – The idea of staying at an eco-lodge has been welcomed by thousands of travelers to Golestan province, northern Iran.

  • Iran, Austria seek to expand tourism ties 2019-09-20 21:05

    Iran, Austria seek to expand tourism ties

    TEHRAN – Iranian and Austrian officials on Wednesday discussed ways to expand tourism ties through promoting sustainable ecotourism and holding a joint symposium in this regard.

  • A view of Katale-Khor cave in western Iran 2019-09-15 18:19

    Visit mysterious Katale-Khor in western Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran has many caves, some of which are unique and special. Situated in Zanjan province, Katale-Khor cave offers its visitors breathtaking scenes of natural crystals and rock formation.

  • Azna snow tunnel added to national heritage list 2019-09-13 18:56

    Azna snow tunnel added to national heritage list

    TEHRAN – Iran has added Azna snow tunnel, which is one of the most spectacular landscapes in western Lorestan province, to its national heritage list, ILNA reported on Thursday.

  • Two camp parks inaugurated in Qeshm Island 2019-09-04 19:47

    Two camp parks inaugurated in Qeshm Island

    TEHRAN – On Wednesday, two coastal camp parks were opened to the public in Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf.

  • The ancient art of making ships in southern Iran 2019-08-05 17:37

    By Afshin Majlesi

    The ancient art of making ships in southern Iran

    TEHRAN – Maritime trade, shipping and shipbuilding have long been practiced in Iran. There have been many small or big shipyards across the northern coasts of the Persian Gulf.

  • A general view of Lake Ovan 2019-07-21 20:38

    Lake Ovan: A charming destination for eco-tourists

    TEHRAN – Lake Ovan, locally called Daryacheh-ye Ovan, is a small alpine resort situated in Alamut region, Qazvin province.