• A delicate dance of communication 2021-12-15 18:27

    By Afshin Majlesi

    A delicate dance of communication

    While in Iran, you may pay a taxi driver the fare and he might sound confusing. The cabbie may say “Ghabeleh shoma ro nadaureh” (for you, it is free). You may think how nice and generous he is!

  • Eight strong reasons to visit Iran 2021-09-07 19:25

    Eight strong reasons to visit Iran

    TEHRAN - If you’re drawn to places where echoes of ancient civilizations resonate down through the ages, Iran could be your thing.

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”

  • four-star hotel 2020-07-12 19:30

    4-star hotels to promote tourism in Ilam province

    TEHRAN – Two four-star hotels are being built in Ilam to give a boost to the hospitality sector in the lesser-known western province, CHTN reported.

  • Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ali-Asghar Mounesan stands in front of an Achaemenid-era (c. 550-330) bas-relief carving in an undated photo.  2020-06-22 18:24

    Iran ready to facilitate arrival of Afghan medical travelers: minister

    TEHRAN – Iran is considering to make it easier for the Afghan nationals who are willing to visit the neighboring country for medical purposes, tourism minister has said.

  • 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.

  • A combination photo compares Hafezieh, the mausoleum of the illustrious Persian poet Hafez, full of visitors in March 2019 (R), with the one taken in March 2020 being deserted over coronavirus fears. Hafezieh is a major cultural and tourism spot in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2020-04-06 00:25

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Why Iran expects tourism boom after coronavirus

    TEHRAN – The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought travel to a standstill nearly all over the globe, including Iran, causing huge job and revenue losses.

  • Find out why medical tourism is to be big business in Iran 2019-12-31 10:21

    Find out why medical tourism is to be big business in Iran

    Nowadays, medical tourism is considered as a booming industry on the global scene as some 20 to 24 million patients are traveling for medical treatments annually. Estimates on market size vary but the Patients Without Borders publishing group puts its value at around €60 to €80 billion worldwide.

  • Crafts, regionals arts, souvenirs on show in Shiraz 2019-12-20 18:30

    Crafts, regionals arts, souvenirs on show in Shiraz

    TEHRAN – Dozens of exhibitors, craftspeople and folk artists from various parts of Iran came together under one roof in the 11th Pars tourism exhibition, which came to an end on Friday.

  •  File photo depicts a man visiting giant Kaluts of Shahdad, a major part of the UNESCO-registered Lut desert, in Kerman province, southeastern Iran. 2019-12-18 18:53

    Swiss traveler astonished by charms of Kerman province

    TEHRAN – Swiss globetrotter Lola Bernardoni, who has recently toured Kerman, says she was astounded to find such top tourist attractions across the southeastern Iranian province.

  • A view of the University of Birjand in northeast Iran 2019-12-16 19:11

    Iranian academia to attend tourism development conference in India

    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian scholars and academia along with fellows from several other counties have been invited to the 2nd Joint International Conference on Tourism, Hospitality and Sustainable Development Goals, which will be held in Hyderabad, India from February 8 to 10, 2020.

  • Arbaeen hospitality gains UNESCO heritage status 2019-12-14 18:27

    Arbaeen hospitality gains UNESCO heritage status

    TEHRAN – The generous hospitality of Iraqi people during the Arbaeen pilgrimage has been added to UNESCO’s prestigious heritage list.

  • Hotel projects worth $380m underway in northwest Ira 2019-12-02 19:00

    Hotel projects worth $380m underway in northwest Iran

    TEHRAN – A total of eight five- and four-star hotels are being built in Iran’s northwestern East Azarbaijan province with a total budget of 16 trillion rials (about $380 million).

  • Travelers enjoy a vista of the UNESCO-registered Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. 2019-11-19 19:30

    Foreign travelers not deterred by Iranophobia: tourism official

    TEHRAN – Iran’s deputy tourism minister on Monday said that anti-Iranian sentiment or Iranophobia, which has long been forged and spread by some Western governments and media, has not prevented foreign travelers from visiting the country.

  • This file photo depicts a foreign female cyclist in a mountainous road, Iran. 2019-11-02 19:24

    Austrian traveler tells of cycling adventures in Iran

    TEHRAN – A quick online search for memories and travelogues by foreign nationals so far visited Iran easily shows that it is one of the most misinterpreted countries on Earth. A strong reason is that almost every outsider who has the opportunity to visit Iran falls in love with the ancient land, its warm and generous people!

  • A foreign couple (L) poses for a photo during a visit to the UNESCO-tagged Imam Square, Isfahan, central Iran. 2019-10-16 19:02

    Iran is a perfect destination to travel to, Dutch filmmaker says

    TEHRAN – “Whenever Iran is in the news, it is about something negative. That made me skeptical — can a country be as bad as the media depicts it? I wanted to investigate for myself if Iran is open to foreigners and if it is a safe place to visit, and also share my travel experiences with the world,” Reinier van Oorsouw, a Dutch photographer and filmmaker has said.

  • Rome’s ambassador to Tehran Giuseppe Perrone in an undated photo 2019-10-04 19:42

    Iran enjoys all tourist attraction features, Italian envoy says

    TEHRAN – Iran possesses all the features of attracting foreign tourists as the country enjoys unique natural diversity and numerous historical sites, Giuseppe Perrone, the Italian ambassador to Tehran has said.

  • I have traveled to Iran twice with similar delegations and had experiences that were very rewarding. The people there are friendly, down to earth and generous, and seeing Iran for yourself puts a whole new perspective on any prior information you might have 2019-08-31 19:44

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Eye-opening experience: As many Americans as possible should visit Iran

    TEHRAN - Judith Bello, a long-time American peace activist, who has visited Iran for two times, believes such a journey “will be an eye-opening experience”.

  • Ray Cook is seen in his Land Cruiser opposite the Tehran Times headquarters in downtown Tehran, August 19, 2019. 2019-08-23 19:35

     By Afshin Majlesi

    Traveler recommends potential tourists to visit Iran before a “big influx”

    Many tourism associates believe that Iran is still somewhat of a lesser-known destination for many avid globetrotters, saying the country, despite having enormous potentials, has a long way to go to occupy a dominant position in world tourism market.

  • Ciara and Lennart in their camper van (Photo: Maryam Kamyab, July 29,  2019) 2019-08-02 20:13

    By Afshin Majlesi, Mehdi Sepahvand

    Belgian globetrotters share us their new perception of Iran

    TEHRAN – Last Monday, a Belgian couple, who are on an overland journey to China, paid a visit to The Tehran Times, where they let us share their views, experiences and feelings about Iran in a cozy chat with the daily.

  • A view of Espinas Palace Hotel with a Tehran’s skyline in the background 2019-07-13 21:32

    Hacking your way to book a hotel room in Iran

    TEHRAN – In spite of U.S. trade and economic sanctions, it still seems easy to get the best hotel deal for your stay in Iran.

  • 5-star hotel being built in Tehran 2019-01-14 22:39

    5-star hotel being built in Tehran

    TEHRAN – A five-star hotel is being constructed in western Tehran, which will add 752 beds to the hospitality sector of the Iranian capital.

  • Ashely Duncan 2018-12-24 21:05

    Experience contradicts Western media image of Iran

    TEHRAN – An American fashion psychologist who accidentally landed in Iran believes that her perception of the country is totally different from what mainstream Western media outlets portray.

  • Asghar Khayamian, the managing director of Homa Hotel Group, speaks to the Tehran Times on November 12, 2018. 2018-11-19 21:46

    Homa Hotel Group to introduce absolute bargains at weekends

    Intl. advertising, forex-based tariffs needed for Iran’s hospitality industry: hotelier

    TEHRAN – The managing director of Homa Hotel Group believes that Iranian hotels should be authorized to charge foreign customers with forex-based tariffs as he attaches importance to have attractions advertised in major international media.