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President Urges Job Creation by Developing Tourism Industry

President Hassan Rouhani called on the new head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) to push for creating more jobs by taking the ample opportunities in rural communities and the tourism and handicraft industries. Addressing a Sunday session of the cabinet, President Rouhani said appointment of Zahra Ahmadipour as the new head […]

Iran Bans Pilgrimage to Samarra after Terrorist Attack

Iranian pilgrims are forbidden from traveling to the Iraqi city of Samarra until further notice in the wake of a Sunday terrorist attack that killed and wounded scores of Iranian pilgrims in the holy city, an official announced. Majid Aqababaei, a deputy interior minister for border affairs, told Tasnim on Monday that the decision to […]

Iran Favours Visa-Free Regime with Iraq

An Iranian deputy foreign minister expressed Tehran’s willingness to ease visa requirements for incoming tourists from Iraq if Baghdad’s government would agree to do so for Iranians traveling to the Arab country. “I have announced in my latest consular trip (to Iraq) that we are willing to remove the visa requirements or take any measure […]

Iran wants more Int’l Cooperation on Environment

By Barbara Slavin, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Environment Official says Iran looking for more International Cooperation Faced with mounting environmental challenges, Iran is implementing an ambitious program to reduce greenhouse gases and restore dried wetlands, but it would benefit from more international […]

Will Iranian Pilgrims forsake Mecca for Karbala?

By Ali Mamouri for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News.  Saudi newspapers reported Sept. 15 that Shiites are expected to replace their pilgrimage to Mecca with religious visits to Iraq’s Karbala (pictured) instead. According Al-Riyadh newspaper, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah […]

World’s Largest Covered Bazaar in Tabriz

The historic bazaar complex in Iran’s northwestern city of Tabriz consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions. The huge, ancient market was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010. Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity and its historic bazaar complex […]

Austrian Airlines to Launch Flights to Isfahan

Austrian Airlines, a Lufthansa subsidiary, plans to add new flights to Iran’s central province of Isfahan. Austrian Airlines said in a statement that it plans to launch 3X-weekly Vienna-Isfahan services from September 4, Air Transport World website reported recently. Vienna-Isfahan services will become 4X-weekly starting from summer 2017, it added. Isfahan will be the second […]

Iran-Russia Trade Up 71%

Trade between Tehran and Moscow has grown 70.9 percent year-on-year following the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions, Russia’s ambassador to Iran, Levan Dzhagaryan, said. There has been a rise in interest from Russian firms in doing business in Iran after a lasting nuclear deal was reached between Tehran and world powers last year in July, Dzhagaryan […]

UN adds Iranian Site to World Heritage List

By John Lee. The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added Iran’s Lut Desert to its World Heritage List. The Lut Desert, or Dasht-e-Lut, is located in the south-east of Iran. Between June and October, this arid subtropical area is swept by strong winds, which transport sediment and […]

Foreign Firms Vie to Invest in Iran’s Sports Market

International sports companies are seeking to gain a foothold in Iran’s untapped economy following the removal of sanctions, a report said. Sports marketing experts believe Iran’s rich sporting culture is now primed for international companies looking to make their mark on the country’s nearly 80 million people, eturbonews website reported. “It (Iran) has suddenly become […]

New Five Star Hotel opens in Tabriz

Turkey’s Kaya Hotels & Resorts has opened its tenth hotel in the region, with the inauguration of its Kaya Laleh Park Hotel in Tabriz, in Iran’s northwestern East-Azerbaijan province. The opening ceremony was attended by Iran’s Head of Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Masoud Soltanifar, on Tuesday. (Source: Real Iran, Kaya Hotels)

Steigenberger Group to Build 10 Hotels in Iran

By John Lee. Germany’s Steigenberger Hotel Group is set to build 10 hotels across Iran over the next ten years. The CEO of Steigenberger Hotels, Puneet Chhatwal (pictured), signed the agreement with the deputy director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO), Saeid Shirkavand, during a meeting at Tehran’s Espinas Palace Hotel, according […]

Iran Eyes Attracting 2.5m Chinese Tourists Annually

Iran has devised plans for a sixteen-fold rise in the number of tourists coming from China, the Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Masoud Soltanifar said. Speaking in a televised program, Soltanifar, also a vice-president, said the country seeks to increase the current number of 150,000 Chinese tourists visiting Iran per […]

AirAsia X to Fly to Tehran

Both AirAsia X Berhad (airline code D7) and Thai AirAsia X (airline code XJ) announced Tehran as their latest destination in the AirAsia X Group’s route network, connecting both Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok directly to the Iranian capital, Tehran. Direct flights to Tehran from Kuala Lumpur (klia2) and Bangkok (Don Mueang International Airport) will be […]

Turkey to Build 10 Hotels in Iran

A Turkish tourism ministry official said Tehran and Ankara have signed an agreement whereby Turkish investors will be allowed to build at least 10 hotels in Iran following a lasting nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers. Under the terms of the agreement signed between the two nations during a recent Turkish […]

Austria ready to Invest in Iran’s Tourism Industry

By John Lee. The Austrian ambassador to Iran, Friedrich Stift (pictured), has said that Austria is ready to invest in the tourism industry of Iran, including the building of a tourism school in Iran. On a visit to the historical city of Seimareh in Ilam province, on Tuesday, he said “Austria is ready to invest […]

Air France to Resume Direct Flights to Tehran Sunday

The French airline company, Air France, will resume direct flights to Tehran on Sunday following the removal of anti-Tehran sanctions. According to a report carried by the Financial Times on Friday, “Air France is set to resume Paris-Tehran flights on Sunday”. The resumption of a thrice-weekly service between Paris and Tehran is planned for April 17 […]

Sepehran Airlines gets first Boeing B737-300

By John Lee. Sepehran Airlines, based in Shiraz, has added its first Boeing B737-300 to its fleet. The ex-xpressair jet arrived Shiraz last week, according to a report from ch-aviation. It joins three B737-500s and one Do328-300. (Source: ch-aviation)

Iran Sets Tourism Target of $30bn

Iran has drawn up a long-term plan to boost revenue from the tourism industry to $30 billion, Head of the country’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Masoud Soltanifar announced. According to a road map, Iran will be hosting an annual number of 20 million tourists in 2025, generating a $30 billion income, Soltanifar […]