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Iran Sees $30 Billion From Future Tourism

LONDON—The deal struck between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program should see sanctions against the country beginning to ease by next year – and Iranians are hoping the lifting of travel restrictions could prompt an influx of international tourists. Travel agencies already are seeing an increase in demand.With its ancient architecture, breathtaking landscapes and warm people, tour companies describe Iran as one of the unexplored jewels of the Middle East.

But the country’s isolation since the 1979 Islamic Revolution has seen visitor numbers from the West fall. The latest figures show only 90,000 arrivals from North America and the European Union in 2013. 

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the country is ready to offer visa-free travel to citizens of the countries that are willing to engage in reciprocal visa waiver mechanisms with the Islamic Republic.

European Tourists of Iran Tripled


TEHRAN, Aug. 13(MNA) – An Iranian official released the figures depicting growth in number of Europeans visiting Iran.
Deputy Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) announced that the number of European tourists visiting Iran in last Iranian year (March 21, 2014- March 21, 2015) in comparison with the year before has tripled.
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Tourism to Bring More Foreign Currencies into Iran


TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (MNA) – Governor of the Central Bank of Iran has said the development of tourism would result in the flow of foreign currencies as part of non-oil economy.
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Iran on The Way to Turn Tourism into Industry


TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism is on the way to turn into an industry, the deputy director for development affairs of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicraft Organization (CHTHO) told a press conference on Sunday. 
"As an industry, tourism should be profitable to attract investors of private sector,” Saeid Shirkavand said. Shirkavand said that the CHTHO has begun some negotiations with the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines to encourage financiers in tourism industry. 
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European Tourist Train to Enter Iran Through Turkey Border


TEHRAN – Rail services between Tehran and Ankara will resume operating for the entrance of British long-distance Golden Eagle Luxury Train in early September. At the end of July, Iran suspended train services between Ankara and Tehran after two bomb blasts on the railway in eastern Turkey. 

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Boost for Iran Tourism


The UK Foreign Office has lifted its advice for Iran signalling hopes for the country’s tourism industry.In a statement on its website, the FCO said it had lifted its advice for most parts of the country, although it warned that it was continuing to advise against all travel to some border areas and parts of the south-east.It comes after Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said last week that he hoped to reopen the British embassy in Tehran before the end of the year, which was also expected to facilitate leisure visits to the country.
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How to Get an Iranian Visa!


Getting a visa to visit Iran can be slow and uncertain, but most applicants do get one within two or three weeks and, once they've been to Iran, think the hassle was worth it. This article will guide you through the options, though it’s worth checking with the relevant consulate as rules do change with unnerving regularity.


Salt Restaurant Shiraz in southern Iran was inspired by salt caves.Architects claim the mineral cleanses the building of cooking smells. Walls, bar, tables and chairs are all made from locally-sourced salt. 

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