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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 […]

Iran to buy Electric Buses from Belarus

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said the European country plans to sell electric buses to Iran. “Minsk has orders for 20 electric buses. Two electric bus lines will work initially. Later on the number will be increased. Orders will be made for electric buses for oblast capitals. There are orders for electric […]

Iran among 2017 Top Travel Destinations

Iran has been named as a top travel destination for 2017 as the country’s tourism market is undergoing rapid change following last year’s landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. In a recent report, Britain’s Business Insider named Iran among 50 places to travel to in 2017, commending the country’s security as a key […]

Marriott Hotels “Very Keen” on Opportunities in Iran

By John Lee. The President and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa at Marriott International has said his company is “very keen” to enter the Iranian market. According to a report from Gulf News, Alex Kyriakidis (pictured) told a press conference in Abu Dhabi: “Today, Marriott International, being a United States publicly-floated company, […]

Telepizza Targets 200 Store in Iran

Spanish-based Telepizza, the leading non-US pizza delivery company by number of stores, has announced its arrival in Iran in March 2017 via a strategic master franchise alliance with its partner Momenin Investment Group and the objective of 200 stores in 10 years. This will mean opening some 20 establishments per year and an investment of […]

Millions of Iranians enter Iraq for Shiite Ritual

By Changiz M. Varzi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A day after millions of Shiite Muslims marked Arbaeen, the annual pilgrimage to the Hussein mosque in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the front pages of Iranian dailies on Nov. 21 carried large […]

Iranian Diplomat Cautions against Iraq Trip without Visa

An Iranian deputy foreign minister denied rumors that Iraq has removed visa requirements for pilgrims going to the Arab country for Arbaeen rituals, stressing that all visitors will still need visas from the Iraqi government to cross the border. Illegal entry into Iraq, namely without a valid visa, will carry a prison sentence of up […]

Video: Iran Resort hopes Relaxed Rules will attract Tourists

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Iranian investors are pouring money into Kish island in the Gulf, hoping its white sand beaches, coral reefs and more relaxed Islamic rules, could make it a major tourism destination. A natural sound version […]

New Luxury Tour to Iran

By John Lee. US-based luxury tour company Abercrombie & Kent is promoting a new excursion to Iran. Stefanie Schmudde, product manager of Americas and Middle East, told Associated Press: “We feel that Iran is one of the most exciting places that someone can travel to at this point in time, given the current climate in the […]