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Video: Religious Tourism Squeezed by Iran Sanctions

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqis in the holy city of Najaf are being hit hard by US sanctions on neighbouring Iran, which have forced cash-strapped pilgrims to stay at home. View on YouTube

Iraq to Reduce Visa Charges for Iranian Pilgrims

By John Lee. Iraq will reportedly reduce its visa charges for Iranian pilgrims later this year. According to the report from Associated Press, the reduction will only apply to pilgrims of the “Arbaeen,” the anniversary of the passage of 40 days after the death of Shiite Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. Visas normally cost […]

Caspian States start Neighbourhood Watch for the Environment

Caspian littoral states agree to start neighbourhood watch for the environment Littoral countries to the Caspian Sea have made a groundbreaking commitment to evaluate the likely impact that development projects will have on the environment in each other’s states. High-level representatives from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan today signed the Environment Impact […]

UNESCO adds Iranian Sites to World Heritage List

UNESCO has added eight Iranian archeological sites to its World Heritage List. The sites situated in three geographical parts in the southeast of Fars Province: Firuzabad, Bishapur and Sarvestan. These fortified structures, palaces, and city plans date back to the earliest and latest times of the Sassanian Empire, which stretched across the region from 224 […]

US Sanctions Threaten Iran’s Hopes for Tourism

By Maziar Motamedi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iran’s numerous tourist attractions, many of which stem from its rich history and civilization going back thousands of years, have the potential to transform into revenue streams far more sustainable than the country’s vast […]

Video: Iran Currency Crunch hits Foreign Tourists

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Changing dollars or euros in Iran has become a challenge after Iran’s central bank on April 15 forbade “until further notice” all exchange bureaus from dealing in foreign currency, leaving banks as the sole […]

Air France reduces Iran Flights

By John Lee. Air France is reported to be cutting its Joon service between Paris and Tehran to the summer season only. According to a report from Reuters, the company blames weak demand since it began operations two years ago. It’s Joon subsidiary was launched in December 2017 and is aimed at young people. (Source: […]

Pak-Iran Joint Working Group on Tourism

By John Lee. Pakistan and Iran have reportedly agreed to set up a working group to promote tourism in their respective countries. An Iranian delegation visiting the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) on Tuesday said that Iran is ready to extend its full cooperation to the PTDC in the promotion of tourism. The working group will […]

Conserving Iran and Iraq’s Wetlands

There’s growing awareness in the Islamic Republic of Iran that wetlands are valuable and sustain livelihoods. Ramsar, “the gem of northern Iran”, is the town that gives its name to the Ramsar Convention. The Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use […]

Indonesia Targets Iranian Tourists

By John Lee. Indonesian companies in the tourism sector are participating in the Tehran International Tourism Expo (TITEX), with the hope of promoting Indonesia as a tourism destination for Iranians. Among the companies mentioned are Bvlgary Resort, Karma Kandara, Sun Island Property, Ayodya Resort Bali and Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak. Some are coordinating with travel […]

Iran emerges as Health Tourism Destination

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Tourism is nowadays at the core of attention of many governments across the world because of its major contribution to social and economic development. As the World Tourism Organization states, the business volume of tourism […]

Iran Developing Visa-Free Health Tourism Centre

By John Lee. Iran is reportedly developing a visa-free health tourism centre in its Arvand Free Zone (AFZ). The zone’s CEO, Esmail Zamani (pictured), is quoted as saying that AFZ will welcome foreigners free of visa in the coming weeks. It is just 15 miles from the Iraqi city of Basra, which has a population […]

Iran, Iraq Begin Arrangements for Arbaeen Pilgrimage

The Iraqi embassy and consulates in Iran on Monday started to issue visa for the Iranian applicants intending to visit the Arab country for Arbaeen pilgrimage. The formal visa-issuance process kicked off during a ceremony at the Iraqi embassy in Tehran, attended by Ambassador Rajih Sabir Aboudi al-Mousavi. In addition to the Iraqi embassy, the […]

Tourist Numbers fell in 2016

By John Lee. According to a report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 4.9 million tourists visited Iran in 2016, a drop of 5.6 percent from a year earlier, and the first decline since 2013. 2,938 million tourists arrived in 2010, increasing to 4.967 million in 2014 and 5.237 million in 2015, bringing in $2.43 […]

Over 150,000 Iranians Expected to Visit Russia in 2017

Ali Mohammadi, the Iranian consul general in Russia’s Astrakhan region, said over 150,000 Iranian tourists are expected to visit Russia during the current year. Visa-free travel for tour groups, established by Iran and Russia, will lead to the growth of tourist inflow, Mohammadi told the TASS news agency “Last year, more than 120,000 Iranian tourists […]

easyHotel to deliver 500+ new Hotel Rooms in Iran

By John Lee. UK-based easyHotel, the owner, developer and operator of “super budget” branded hotels, has announced that it has signed a Master Development Agreement with 3SV Limited to develop the easyHotel brand across multiple sites in Iran. The Iranian Tourism industry has seen significant growth in recent years with the Government outlining ambitious plans […]

City of Yazd added to UNESCO World Heritage List

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has inscribed Iran’s City of Yazd on the World Heritage List. The City of Yazd is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 kilomtres southeast of Isfahan, close to the Spice and Silk Roads. It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the […]

Record High Temperatures in Iran

Temperatures in the southwestern city of Ahvaz hit 53.7°C (128.7 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday, with another source citing 129.2 degrees F. If confirmed, this would arguably tie for the hottest temperature ever measured on Earth in modern times, according to a report from The Independent. The Iranian cabinet decided on Wednesday to authorise banks, state […]

Strengthening Efforts to Combat Desertification

Iran and UNDP Strengthen Efforts to Combat Desertification Today, around the world, over 250 million people are directly affected by desertification. About 1 billion people – in over 110 countries – are currently at risk of its consequences. Here in Iran, the level of desertification is “high”.  Over 20 per cent of the country’s land […]

New Generation of Iranian Hostels attract Younger Tourists

By Maysam Bizaer for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Tourism has been among the main sectors of the Iranian economy that immediately witnessed steady growth after the lifting of international sanctions last year as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. With the rise in […]