EghtesadOnline: With its history dating back 7,000 years, Iran is home to a large number of spectacular mansions and buildings. To restore the majestic structures and by extension contribute to the economy, tourism authorities have initiated a plan to cede the buildings to private owners so long as they are repurposed into traditional hotels, restaurants and lodges.
EghtesadOnline: Iran's travel and tourism sector grew at 1.9% to contribute 1,158 trillion rials ($8.83 billion) or 6.5% of overall GDP and 1.334 million jobs (5.4% of total employment) to the economy in 2018.
EghtesadOnline: The number of foreign visitors landing in Iran registered a slight decrease between 2015 and 2017, the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization said.
EghtesadOnline: Iran has 157 four- and five-star hotels and by the end of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term in 2021, the figure will increase to 210.
EghtesadOnline: About 5.2 million tourists traveled to Iran during the first eight months of the current Iranian year (March 21-Nov. 21) to register a 57% growth compared with last year's corresponding period, the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization said.
EghtesadOnline: A tourism startup accelerator was launched on Tuesday by Iran’s Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) in cooperation with Allameh Tabataba'i University to support companies active in the gradually growing sector.
EghtesadOnline: Iran and Iraq have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in road transportation and facilitate tourism.
EghtesadOnline: Deputy of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Morteza Rahmani Movahed said more than 5000 tourists from South Korea visit Iran each year.