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Meliá Hotels Announces New 5-Star Hotel in Iran

Meliá Hotels International has announced its entry into the Iranian market with the first five-star branded hotel to be managed by an international hotel company. The Gran Melia Ghoo Hotel, located in the largest mixed residential, commercial and hotel complex to be developed in Iran, currently being built in Salman Shahr, a popular holiday destination […]

Joining forces to Save Iran’s Drying Wetlands

The future security and wellbeing of humanity is being challenged by a number of things relating to the environment. The concept of human security equates security with people rather than territory – with development rather than arms. In this sense, our security to have access to food and water, to breathe clean air as well […]

Tax Incentives Considered for Foreign Investors

Hussein Banisaffar (pictured), the president of tax affairs in Tehran, has said that tax incentives “have been considered” to attract foreign investors and tourists. Some changes are intended to take place in tax laws, including the Law on Value Added Tax, but first they must be approved by parliament, Banisaffar said. “With a series of […]

New Tax Incentives for Iranian Tourism Industry

The General Director of the Iranian National Tax Administration (INTA) has said that new tax incentives will be given to the tourism industry in the next Iranian calendar year (1395). Seyyed Kamel Taghavinejad (pictured) said that tourism revenues for hotels and new tourist residential centers belonging to non-governmental legal entities will be tax free for  […]

Georgia Restores Visa-Free Travel with Iran

Georgia is to restore visa-free travel with Iran from Monday 15th February. The announcement was made during a meeting on Tuesday between Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, David Jalagania, and Iran’s Ambassador in Tbilisi, Abbas Talebifar. Under the new regime, Iranian citizens will be able to stay in Georgia without applying for a visa for 45 […]

British Airways Resumes Tehran Flights

British Airways has announced that it is resuming flights between London and Tehran. The route will launch as a six-per-week service before moving to daily flights from winter 2016. The service from Heathrow Terminal 5 will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777. Neil Cottrell, British Airways’ head of network planning, said: “Iran is a […]

Iran, France sign 20 Documents

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of France signed 20 cooperation documents in order to clear the way for boosted political, economic, cultural, and scientific cooperation between Tehran and Paris in the post-JCPOA era. The documents were signed late on Thursday in Elysée Palace in Paris at the presence of President Hassan Rouhani […]

Turkey’s Beaches Losing Allure among Iranians

By Masoud Lavasani, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Why Turkey’s beaches, hard liquor are losing allure among Iranians In years past, close economic and political relations between Tehran and Ankara coupled with certain liberties, such as freedom to drink alcohol or wear […]

Iran to be New Skiing Destination

Iran could be the next big destination for skiers, according to a report from The Economist. The resort of Dizin (pictured), for example, has lifts that go to almost 3,600 metres (12,000 feet), and a day pass costs just $20. The country’s tourism organisation wants to boost visitor number from 4-million now to 20-million by […]

Iran to Open Tourism Office in Russia

An official with the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization said that Iran plans to open a tourism representative office in Russia in the near future. The Director General of Marketing and Publicity Department of the organization, Mohammad Kazem Kholdi, told IRNA that Iran is keen to host Russian tourists. Only 8,500 Russians visited in […]

Isfahan, Salzburg sign MoU

A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in tourism, industry, arts, water, technology and student exchange has been signed between the Governor of Isfahan Province Rasoul Zargarpour, and the Governor of the Austrian city of Salzburg, Wilfried Haslauer. “The MoU provides a good basis for increasing collaboration between Isfahan and Salzburg,” said Haslauer, adding that fostering […]

Iran Predicted to Become Travel Hotspot

Iran has been identified as the world’s next travel hotspot, according to the new WTM Global Trends Report 2015. The country’s main tourist attractions include its ancient Persian history and 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites — the most of any Middle Eastern country. As recently as September, the country saw the addition of two ancient […]

Iran gives 30-day visas at airports

By John Lee. Iran is to start issuing 30-day visas for tourists from 58 countries upon arrival at its airports. The Persian-language newspaper Donya-ye Eqtesad says the visas can be extended by 15 more days. Foreign tourists could previously get 14-day visas at Iran’s airports and their visas could not be extended. Eligible countries are: […]

Destinia Opens New Office in Iran

By John Lee. The Spanish online travel agency Destinia has opened an office in Iran, and created a Persian language website allowing payments to be made in the local Iranian currency. “Our objective is to be one of the top three Arabic online travel agencies in the region by 2017,” said Amuda Goueli (pictured), CEO […]

Iran Preparing for ‘Tsunami’ of Tourists

Iran’s vice president Masoud Soltanifar has told The Associated Press that his country is preparing for a “tsunami” of foreign tourists as Iran begins implementing the deal that will lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. Soltanifar, who is also Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization chief, said President Hassan Rouhani’s […]

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World’s Biggest Tour Firm Eyes Iran

By John Lee. Germany’s TUI Group, the world’s largest leisure, travel and tourism company, is reported to be considering investment in Iran. The minister of economic affairs, labor and transport for the federal state of Lower Saxony in Germany, Olaf Lies, told PressTV that preliminary negotiations have been held for the multinational tour operator to […]

Accor Announces Tehran Hotels

France’s AccorHotels has announced that it has signed a management agreement with Aria Ziggurat for its two inaugural properties in Tehran. The new hotels – Novotel IKIA and ibis IKIA – are connected to the main terminal of Imam Khomeini International Airport and scheduled to open in October 2015. AccorHotels is the first international hotel […]