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Iran’s tourism to grow by 6.6% in 2015

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in a recent report has put the value of Iran’s tourism industry for 2014 at about $7.8 billion.The WTTC in its report titled "Travel & Tourism: ECONOMIC IMPACT 2015 IRAN” has added that it expects Iran’s tourism industry to grow by 6.6 percent in 2015.  

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Why your next vacation could be in Iran


Tehran (CNN)When you fly to Iran these days the planes are a little more full than before. Business travelers are making their way to Tehran scoping out opportunities, hoping that sanctions might be lifted soon.More tourists also appear to be on the planes coming from Frankfurt, Rome, Istanbul and the few other places that have direct flights to Iran.The Iranian government says it expects a 6.6% rise in the number of tourists for 2015.President Hassan Rouhani's administration has made tourism development one of its major policy goals in a drive to revive an economy buckling under sanctions."We divide our tourists into four groups," Iran's Vice President for Tourism and National Heritage Masoud Soltanifar told me in an interview.
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The Up & Coming Travel Destination


Hushed whispers about Iran’s friendly people, intriguing history and stunning historical sites are finally starting to penetrate through these once secluded borders. The closer you travel to Iran, the more you’ll hear about what an amazing travel destination it is.
But what makes Iran so special? Why are so many people talking about the Persian Islamic Republic? This post will attempt to shed some light on this amazing travel destination, while putting to rest some of the misconceptions about the nation, its motives and its people.

Iranian Cuisine: Kabab


Iran is the land of kebabs but Iranian cuisine is much more diverse, complicated and difficult to be made than that. Located in the Middle East, Iranian cuisine has both influenced and been influenced by its Western and Eastern neighbors. Perhaps, the modern Iranian style of cooking includes a wide variety of foods, a combination of Mesopotamian, Anatolian, Central Asian, Russian, Armenian and the ancient Iranian recipes, finely blended together as one of the most delicious cuisines in the world.In Iran, fresh herbs, pomegranates, dried plums and prunes, raisins, apricots and saffron are generously consumed in the process of cooking, giving the food a delicate and moderate flavor which is not too spicy, too sour, too sweet or too salty.

Iran opens first herb museum containing over 1,700 herb samples


Iran has inaugurated its first herb museum, also known has herbarium, containing more than 1,700 samples of various herbs.According to Iranian media, the herbarium was inaugurated at the Shahid Beheshti University in capital city, Tehran, on Wednesday.The opening ceremony was attended by top officials of the Shahid Beheshti University as well as deputy head of Iran's Tourism Bank for marketing.According to the report, the herbarium which is affiliated to the Shahid Beheshti University’s Medicinal Plants and Drugs Research Institute, contains a valuable trove of over 1,700 herb samples.
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Iran aims to boost medical tourism


Iran wants to increase its number of medical tourists; the country already enjoys 85,000 patients yearly for medical tourism and wants to improve that. One of the main focuses of medical tourism in Iran is eye surgeries. The country enjoys several facilities around the country that offer quality services for all and also offer services for free to the needy. The main eye hospitals in Tehran are the Noor and Negah facilities. 


Officials in Iran have announced plans to build 400 new three- and four-star hotels. Masoud Soltanifar, the head of the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization, announced that while there are more than 1,100 hotels in the country, only 130 of them rank three or four stars, and that during the next 10 years, 400 new hotels should be built. He said that the goal is to increase Iran’s visitors from 5 million to 20 million per year. Soltanifar made these comments in the northern city of Rasht during a meeting regarding the establishment of a tourism university in the city of Rasht.

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