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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 […]

Zagros Airlines to buy 28 new Airbus A330s

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft. The commitment was signed at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris airshow by Seyed Abdolreza Mousavi, Zagros Airlines CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus COO […]

Iran to Enhance Tourism Ties with East Asians

Iran is going to hold talks with Japan, South Korea and China to facilitate tourism, a vice president said. The country is contemplating easing visa restrictions for tourist trips to Japan, South Korea, and China, Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Zahra Ahmadipour told Tasnim. Delegations from the three countries are scheduled […]

Rotana to Open 1st Hotel in Iran ‘Soon’

The head of Rotana hotels group, based in Abu Dhabi, said it plans to open its first hotel in Iran in less than a year. “We have signed hotels in Tehran, Mashhad and Isfahan. We expect to open our first hotel in Mashhad, a shrine city, by the first quarter of next year,” Rotana’s President […]

Japanese Grant gives hope for Recovery in Lake Urmia

New Japanese grant gives hope for sustained recovery in Lake Urmia Water – albeit thinly spread – is now covering a significant amount of the lake’s formerly dried-out surface. Much more than it was two years – or even one year – ago.  And while the lake’s biosphere is still in critical condition, there have […]

Shiite Political Differences widen Gap between Najaf, Qom

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Amid the reform protests taking place in Baghdad, political differences between Shiite clerics interested in Iraqi affairs have been widening in the two cities of Qom and Najaf. While controversial […]

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Iran, Romania Football Federations Ink MoU

The Iranian and Romanian football federations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) as part of efforts to boost cooperation between the two countries. The MoU was signed on Thursday at the headquarters of Iran Football Federation in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The signing saw the participation of Iranian Football Federation president, Mehdi Taj, and […]

How ‘Half the World’ is attracting Tourists to Iran

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. Since the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013, Iran’s tourism industry has witnessed its biggest growth since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The growth saw an even more significant boost following the implementation of […]

Video: Ski Diplomacy boosts Swiss-Iran ties

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As a fierce blizzard sweeps mountains outside Tehran, a team of elite Swiss ski instructors refuses to allow the deep freeze to stand in the way of warming ties with Iran:

Mashhad Becomes 2017 Capital of Islamic Culture

The holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran was officially named the capital of the Islamic culture in 2017 for the Asia region by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). Mashad was officially awarded the title in a ceremony held in the city on Tuesday, attended by a large number of high-ranking Iranian […]

Iranian Youth join wave of Ecotourism

By Saeid Jafari, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Off-road driving as well as tours of the desert, mountains and forests have become popular pastimes for youths in Iran. The phenomenon particularly applies to those from more affluent backgrounds, who often embark on […]