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Foreign tourists arrivals in Iran surges 40.66 percent in spring

- The number of foreign visitors arriving in Iran surged 40.66 percent during spring, which corresponds to the first three months of the current Iranian calendar year, compared with the same period last year, data from the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization showed on Saturday. -Tehran Times - 7/22/19

Iran travel sector: Ups and downs since U.S. reimposed sanctions

- Last November, the Trump administration reinstated sanctions on Iran, mainly the ones that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, in order to batter Iran's economy, however, according to official data, they have so far failed to lessen foreign arrivals to the Islamic Republic. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times - 7/17/19

Iran, under U.S. sanctions, a perfect travel destination for tourists

- There has been a rise in the arrival of foreign tourists to Iran as well as internal tourism by Iranians themselves after the unilateral US sanctions devalued the national currency rial, making a trans-Iranian journey very cost-effective and relatively cheap for world travelers. - 6/7/19

Iranian Caravanserais And Time Travel To Forgotten Ages

- For many travelers to Iran, staying in or even visiting a centuries-old caravanserai, can be a wide experience; they have an opportunity to feel the past, a time travel back into a forgotten age!. Such roadside inns were originally built in various epochs along ancient caravan routes in the Muslim world to shelter people, their goods and animals. The former Silk Roads may be the most famous example dotted by caravanserais. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times - 6/4/19

Georgia Denies Thousands of Iranians Entry Visas

- The Interior Ministry of Georgia says it has denied 6,400 foreigners, half of them Iranians, entry visa in the first quarter of 2019. Based on the ministry's report, 3000 Iranians were denied entry visa from January to April. Georgian Statistics Center report says that more than 290,000 Iranians visited the country last year as tourists, which accounts for 4% of foreigners traveling to the country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. -Radio Farda - 4/23/19

No Visa Charge for Iranian Visitors To Iraqi Kurdistan, Says Official

- Iranian official news agency IRNA on Friday April 19 quoted the Iranian Consulate General in Sulaymaniyah as having announced that the "Iraqi Kurdistan Region has underlined its commitment to Baghdad decision to lift charges on visa for Iranian nationals." - 4/19/19

University of Tehran's 6th Startup Weekend: Sustainable Tourism

- The 6th Startup Weekend, which has adopted "Sustainable Tourism" as its focal theme, is to be hosted by the Faculty of Entrepreneurship of the University of Tehran. Organizers of the event aim to put into practice and develop ideas evolved by participants while [they are set to] teach basic concepts of entrepreneurship together with running practical workshops and promoting the spirit of team working, IRNA reported. -Tehran Times - 4/15/19

Iranians Travel Less As U.S. Dollar Rose Fourfold In One Year

- The representative of a travel trade association in Iran says that because of the fall in the value of the Iranian currency, travel abroad declined 45 percent during Norooz holidays last month. The official government IRNA news agency quoted Hormatollah Rafiei as saying that both ground and air travel declined as the U.S. dollar rose against the Iranian currency. - 4/10/19

PHOTOS: Authentic Iranian Architecture And Culture In Kashan

- Only three hours from the capital Tehran, the central city of Kashan in Isfahan province can definitely be deemed as a marvelous get-away for many urbanites who yearn for the authenticity of traditional Iranian culture and architecture. Travelers to Kashan can visit numerous historical houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that illustrate the finest examples of architecture from the Qajar era. -Behnam Yousefi, MNA - 3/24/19

Austrian nationals on tour of Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan

- A group of Austrian travelers has commenced an eight-day tour of Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, which was once shunned by potential foreign travelers. "A group of 20 Austrian travelers arrived in the province on Saturday in order to visit historical and cultural attractions of the region," a local tourism official said, IRNA reported. -Tehran Times - 2/27/19

Tehran tourism exhibit to host over 700 Iranian, international businesses

- A total of 660 Iranian tourism marketers and businesses along with 57 foreign ones will participate in the 12th Tehran International Tourism Exhibition, which will be running from February 12 to 15. Iran hosted 6,074,580 foreign nationals during the first nine months of the currant Iranian calendar year, up by 56 percent year on year. -Tehran Times - 2/7/19

Iranian saffron ice cream among world's top 50 desserts

- Iran's saffron ice cream or bastani, scented with saffron, rosewater and pistachios, is among the world's 50 best desserts, according to CNN. From a lightly golden color to its distinctive aroma, the creamy treat is the essence of spring. By tradition, this Iranian ice cream is a favorite at Nowruz, the Persian New Year. -Tehran Times - 1/30/19

Iran Cargo-Plane Crash Near Tehran Leaves 15 Dead, Army Says

- A cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan has crashed near the Iranian capital, with the country's military saying only one person of the 16 on board survived. The Boeing 707 exited the runway and hit a wall while trying to land in bad weather at Fath airport near the city of Karaj, 40 kilometers west of Tehran, reports said on January 14. -RFE/RL - 1/14/19

Arrivals of Americans in Iran up 27% in 7 months on year

- A total of 1,665 U.S. nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2018), an increase of 27 percent year on year. "1,665 Americans visited Iran during the first seven months of the year, up 27 percent in comparison to the same period a year earlier," said Vali Teymouri, a senior tourism official, ISNA reported. -Tehran Times - 1/7/19

Belqeys Citadel in North Khorasan, Iran sees 55% more visitors

- The ruined citadel, which is sometimes referred to as Shahr-e Belqeys ("The city of Belqeys") is located in northeastern North Khorasan province. It lies at a short distance from the city of Esfarayen. Remnants of the citadel, family lodgings, irrigation channels, a cistern, and a hypostyle hall are amongst objects so far been unearthed in Belqeys during rounds of excavation. - 1/6/19

Makhmal Kuh: rugged, towering mountain of "velvet" in Lorestan, Iran

- Makhmal Kuh, literary meaning velvet mountain, is an eye-catching and popular mount that dominates Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, western Iran. The name "velvet" comes from what the natural scenery induces its passersby to think about, "A foothill beneath velvet blankets"! -Ali Karimi, IRNA - 12/24/18

Iran denies report of Germany's ban on Mahan Air in 2019

- The Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran (CAO.IRI) has dismissed some media reports that Germany is planning to ban flights in and out of the country by Iran's Mahan Air in January. -Press TV - 12/23/18

Hotels occupancy rate down 10% in Iran

- Average occupancy rate of Iranian hotels has tumbled by around ten percent since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21) in comparison to the same period last year, head of Iran Hotel Association has said. - 12/21/18

Which countries do Iranians visit the most?

- Which countries did Iranians travel to the most during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year started on March 21? Are they mostly the neighbors to the north, west, east and south? Western and European ones? The answer is an amalgam of all of the above, but Iraq holds a greater share than any other country. -Tehran Times - 12/16/18

Europeans lead travelers to Shahdad desert in Kerman, Iran

- Europeans have constituted the highest number of arrivals in Iran's Shahdad desert since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21), ISNA reported. Shahdad - a major part of the Lut desert in southeastern Kerman province - is home to massive sand pyramids created by wind and water. The "Lut" plain is a natural landscape of Iran which is a UNESCO registered site. -Tehran Times - 12/16/18

Iraq tops Iran's foreign tourists list

- Some 2 million Iraqi nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21), turning the country into Iran's largest source of tourists, ISNA reported. -Tehran Times - 12/11/18

Iran's Fars province reports sharp rise in number of eco-lodges

- Fars province's tourism department general has announced a rapid increase in the number of eco-lodges across the province, CHTN reported on Saturday. "The number of eco-lodges has been jumped from 50 to 80 units in the current Iranian calendar year from a year earlier, which shows 60 percent increase," a provincial tourism official said on Saturday, CHTN reported. -Tehran Times - 12/3/18

Georgia Not Allowing Some Iranians To Enter The Country

- The Iranian embassy in Georgia has confirmed reports on December 2 about the deportation or entry ban of dozens of Iranian citizens from the Caucasus country. Georgia is one of the countries in Iran's vicinity that has visa free travel for Iranians and many visit the country or even choose to obtain residence permits and live in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Travel Risk Map puts Iran among "insignificant risk" destinations

- The 2019 Travel Risk Map, which shows the risk level around the world, has put Iran among countries with "insignificant risk" when it comes to security. The ranking has taken into account factors such as the robustness of the transport infrastructure, the state of industrial relations, the effectiveness of the security and emergency services and the country's susceptibility to natural disasters. - 11/27/18

Iran hopes e-Visa can attract more foreign tourists

- Iran has begun to issue electronic visa for foreign tourists as part of a larger initiative to cope with the restrictions imposed by the US administration on those traveling to the country. Iran issues electronic Visas for foreign tourists in 110 domestic and international airports. There is no difference between Iran's electronic and normal visas in terms of duration. The new Visa provides foreign tourists with a chance to visit Iran without any concern. -Press TV - 11/25/18

IRAN: Motor vehicle fatality rate up by 1.7 percent in first half of the year

- Road traffic accidents death rate in Iran increased by 1.7 percent over the first half of the current [Iranian calendar] year starting on March 21, compared to the corresponding period last year, IRIB reported on Monday. Iran's forensics organization recent report indicated that 8,841 individuals lost their lives in accidents over the aforesaid period. Men constituted 6,864 of the deaths, the report added. -Tehran Times - 10/31/18

New Restrictions, Rising Costs Curb Rise In Foreign Travel Among Iranians

- Reimposed U.S. sanctions on Iran are making it more difficult and expensive for average Iranians to travel abroad, and an increase in Iranian asylum claims in Europe could see further restrictions imposed. - 10/19/18

Sanctions Heavily Impact Iranian Air Travel Cost And Airlines

- While the impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran is deepening week by week, the Islamic Republic's official news agency, IRNA, says, the number of Iranians travelling abroad in the past six months has dropped by 13%, compared with the same period, last year. -Radio Farda - 10/15/18

Serbia Ends Visa-Free Travel For Iranians, Citing 'Abuses' By Some

- Serbia has scrapped visa-free entry for Iranians little more than year after it was introduced out of concern that some Iranians were using the system as an avenue to permanently relocate to Europe. More than 15,000 Iranians have visited Serbia since visas were abolished in August 17. Serbian media have reported that direct flights connecting Belgrade and Tehran have been coming into the country full but returning empty. - 10/12/18

3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon Held Across Lut Desert

- Winners have been announced for the 3rd Iranian Silk Road Ultramarathon, which commenced on September 29 as a tourism event across the UNESCO-registered Lut Desert famed for being one of hottest places on earth. - 10/9/18

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

- Qatar Airways Group has expressed its commitment to continuing flights to Iran, saying it will not be affected by the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Addressing a high-profile business conference in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday, the airline's Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said services to Iran would continue despite a tightening economic and political squeeze on Iran by the United States. - 10/9/18

Golden Eagle's luxury tourist train arrives in Iran

- The international Golden Eagle tourist train has arrived in Iran from Sarakhs Border Crossing with the neighboring Turkmenistan for a two-week tour called "Heart of Persia", the Managing Director of Khorasan Province's Railways said. - 10/8/18

Bad Roads, Inferior Cars Blamed For Tens Of Thousands Of Deaths In Iran

- Nearly 280,000 have been killed and more than four million injured in car accidents in over a decade in Iran, says the Islamic Republic's traffic police chief. Out of 190 countries, Iran has more deadly car accidents on the roads, immediately after Sierra Leone, a report compiled by the country's Central Insurance's research department says. -Radio Farda - 10/8/18

Iranian Media Warned Not To Report On Iraqi Sex Tourism

- The head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, has warned Iranian media not to cover sex tourism unless they want to face prosecution. The warning was issued September 10 amid increasing reports of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims to the holy city of Mashhad hiring sex workers during their stay. Some reports allege sex tourism has become a bigger draw for Iraqis to the holy Shi'ite city than the religious sites. - 9/12/18

Persian Food Tours: Women's culinary, an attempt for entrepreneurship

- The idea came up from a road trip Matin took with a group of Spaniards around Iran. "It was then that I realized how limited we are in our choice of food in restaurants and how the menus kept repeating the same few dishes over and over again. "Most of the people on that tour came to the conclusion that Iranian cuisine has little to offer with not much variety. I obviously knew that it wasn't true but proving it would only be possible if we were to get invited to an Iranian home." said Matin Lashkari, the co-founder of persianfoodtours.com in an interview with the Tehran Times. - 8/28/18

British Airways To Suspend Direct Flights To Iran

- British Airways says it will suspend its direct flights to Iran next month as "the operation is currently not commercially viable." The last flight from London to Tehran will be on September 22, with the return the following day, the flagship British carrier said on August 23. - 8/23/18

Meybod, Iran: Open-air museum of ancient watermills

- Some 50 kilometers north of Yazd, central Iran, lies the sprawling mud-brick city of Meybod, whose tourism officials are planning to internationally promote it as the "city of watermills". Meybod seeks UNESCO status for long being a cradle of watermills and for its cultural evolution of water supply through the millennia, ISNA reported. - 8/16/18

Tourism Projects Worth $10B Underway In Iran

- Some 1,884 tourism projects valued at 430 trillion rials (nearly $10.2 billion) are underway in Iran, tourism chief Ali-Asghar Mounesan said on Sunday. Projects including construction of hotels and eco-lodges as well as projects aiming at attracting tourists are already underway and herald good days for tourism industry of the country, CHTN quoted Mounesan as saying. - 8/14/18

Iran receives 5 ATR planes from France shortly before US sanctions return

- Iran has received five more ATR turboprop airplanes only a day before the return of US sanctions that have already torpedoed the country's plane purchases with other major providers. The planes that had left France's Toulouse earlier in the day landed in Tehran's International Mehrabad Airport on Sunday morning after a short stop for refueling in the northwestern city of Urmia. - 8/6/18

Dozens killed as tanker collides with passenger bus in western Iran

- At least 11 were killed after a naphtha tanker collided with a passenger bus in the city of Sanandaj, western province of Kordestan, IRNA news agency reported. The tanker's brakes reportedly stopped working and it crashed into the passenger bus which had stopped right outside the bus terminal at midnight and resulted in a massive explosion, the report stated. - 7/11/18

Looming Sanctions Jeopardize Expansion Of Iran's Rail Network

- The decision of U.S. President Donald Trump in May to scrap the landmark 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) has jeopardized Iran's railway projects with international companies. The nuclear agreement encouraged several European and Asian companies to sign contracts worth billions of dollars with Iran for expanding the country's rail network. But fearing sanctions from the U.S., companies such as Germany's Siemens now say they'll cancel their projects in Iran, despite the fact that their own governments still support the JCPOA. - 7/11/18

US targets Iran's tourism: Airlines halt service

- The US government says it has sanctioned a Malaysia-based tourism agent for Iranian private airline Mahan Air which is already under American sanctions. The blockade comes as the US prepares to unleash "the strongest sanctions in history" on Iran after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw Washington from a landmark nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic. - 7/10/18

Dutch airline KLM suspends directs flights to Tehran

- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in a statement on Sat. announced that it will stop direct flights to Iranian capital Tehran for "commercial reasons". KLM announced in a statement on its website that the airline will suspend direct flights from Amsterdam to Tehran from 24 September, saying the decision was motivated by negative results and the financial perspective. - 7/9/18

Aircraft Manufacturer ATR Distances Itself From Iran

- Iran's aviation industry has received another severe blow. Following the footsteps of Boeing and Airbus, ATR also announced last week that it has decided to distance itself from Tehran. The decision was announced at a time that ATR had prepared several planes for delivery to Tehran, and even painted them exclusively for the Islamic Republic's national airline, Iran Air. -Radio Farda - 7/5/18

Russian Railways Launches 1.2 Billion Euro Project In Iran

- Russian Railways has begun the 1.2 billion-euro electrification of the Garmsar-Ince Burun railway line in Iran, which stretches to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, linking Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and beyond. - 7/3/18

Iran resumes train service to Turkey's Van after 3 years

- Iran says it has launched a train service to Turkey's Van after a hiatus of about three years with officials expressing hope that it would help increase the number of tourists travelling on either side of the border. - 6/18/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Forbids 'Too Much Travelling Abroad' To Save Foreign Currency

- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized Iranians for "travelling abroad too frequently" and told them to "quit this bad habit," while "the enemies are plotting to exert economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic. - 6/16/18

Reviving tourism in Iran's village of little people

- Months of ongoing restoration work in Makhounik is seen as a step forward to put Iran's village of little people on the map of sightseers. Restoration of walls and internal spaces, reinforcement of foundations and rooftops and modification of water channels are amongst the rehabilitation plans, which will continue until late July this year, IRNA reported on Monday. - 6/13/18

Iranian Travelers Struggle To Buy Foreign Currencies Over Holiday

- Banks at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport are struggling to provide the foreign currencies paid for by passengers, who are forming long lines. The shortage of foreign currencies worsened ahead of a three-day holiday that started on June 4 to mark the death of the founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini. Many government employees and bank staff have gone on extended holidays, making the situation harder for passengers traveling abroad this week. - 6/5/18

US slaps new sanctions on entities working with Iranian airlines

- The US has imposed new sanctions against nine Iranian and Turkish individuals and companies as well as a number of aircraft providing goods and services to four Iranian airlines. The sanctions announced by the US Treasury Department on Thursday, targeted the entities cooperating with Iran's Mahan Air, Caspian Air, Meraj Air, and Pouya Air. - 5/25/18

Boeing, Airbus licenses to sell jets to Iran to be revoked: US Treasury

- The US Treasury says licenses held by aerospace giants Boeing and Airbus to sell passenger jets to Iran will be revoked after Washington announced its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. "The Boeing and (Airbus) licenses will be revoked," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday. "Under the original deal there were waivers for commercial aircraft, parts and services and the existing licenses will be revoked," he added. - 5/9/18

Iran Currency Crunch Hits Foreign Tourists

- Newly arrived in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran, Corneilis Vamoorschot wanted to change his euros into rials, but quickly realized it wouldn't be a simple task. "We wanted to change at the bank, but the banks accept neither euros or dollars. We came to the foreign exchange bureau, but they had no money," said the Dutch tourist, enchanted by the city's brick bazaar, despite the inconvenience. -Radio Farda - 5/4/18

Iran's Qeshm Air in talks with Boeing on 20 jets: CEO

- An Iranian airline says it is in negotiations with Boeing for the purchase of 20 passenger planes even as US President Donald Trump's threats to kill a nuclear deal this month have put Iran's aviation contracts in doubt. Qeshm Air CEO Mahmoud Shekarabi was quoted as saying that his company planned to buy 10 Boeing 737 MAX and 10 Boeing 737 Next Generation planes from the American planemaker. - 5/1/18

Iran seals deals to buy 40 Sukhoi SuperJets from Russia

- Iran says two of its leading airlines have purchased a collective of 40 Sukhoi SuperJet 100 planes from Russia thus ending speculations over a purchase scheme that had been in the offing for the past few years. The purchases were made by Aseman Airlines and Iran Air Tours and the related documents were signed on the sidelines of Eurasia Airshow 2018 in Turkey's Anatolia. - 4/26/18

UAE's Emirates Airline plans expansion in Iran: Report

- UAE's Emirates Airline says it is expanding operations in Iran which the company described "a very important market". The airline currently operates flights to the Iranian capital of Tehran and the holy city of Mashhad which is an extremely popular destination for Shia pilgrims. - 4/24/18

Iran expects delivery of 14 ATR, Airbus and Boeing aircraft this year

- Iran should receive 14 new passenger aircraft this year under agreements signed with Airbus, Boeing and ATR planemakers, a government official has said. Tehran has ordered more than 200 planes since US-led sanctions against the country were lifted in 2016 under a nuclear agreement but US President Donald Trump's threat to rip up the deal next month has raised doubts about deliveries. - 4/18/18

Iranian-American Organizations File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Travel Ban Case

- PARS Equality Center, The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have filed an amicus ('friend of the court") brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the challenge to the Trump administration's third travel ban. - 3/31/18

China's Silk Road fires up Iran's rail revolution

- Iran's rail industry gets a fresh boost from China's dedication of $845 million to build a train line connecting Tehran to the western cities of Hamadan and Sanandaj. A Wednesday report said China National Machinery Industry Corp, known as Sinomach, signed a contract worth 5.35 billion yuan with Iran which is on a railway modernization and expansion drive. -Press TV - 3/22/18

Iran's President Rouhani opens 'strategic' rail line near Iraqi border

- President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday opened a new train line, linking a major city near the border with Iraq to the national railway network. The railway to Kermanshah in western Iran ended 27 years of anticipation for the mainly-Kurdish city to have an alternative transportation mode and for the project to be completed. - 3/21/18

Iranian athletes, artists launch campaign to reduce road accidents during Norooz

- A group of famous Iranian athletes and artists have initiated a campaign titled 'please_stay_alive' with the aim of cutting road accidents and fatalities. Many Iranians take a trip during the two-week Norooz (Persian New Year) holidays, starting on March 21, however, considerable number of accidents and fatalities in this period is recorded every year. - 3/20/18

Chinese firm to fund Iran plane purchases

- Iran's media say the country's national airline Iran Air has signed an agreement with a Chinese company to provide funding for the company's plane purchase campaigns - most notably those pursued with Airbus and Boeing. The Persian-language newspaper Iran reported that the agreement had been signed on Monday at Iran Air premises in Tehran, citing a statement by the country's Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. - 3/16/18

Railroad Project to Connect Iran With Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan

- The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Iran held the first-ever quadrilateral meeting in Baku to discuss regional cooperation. At the center of the discussions was the construction of Rasht-Astara railroad, the 180-kilometer-long rail line that will connect the Iranian and Azerbaijani cities. The project is expected to be completed in three years. -Asgar Asgarov, VOA - 3/16/18

Iran Finds Black Box, Bodies From Turkish Plane Crash

- Iranian state media reports that authorities have recovered the black box from a Turkish private jet that crashed in southwestern Iran on March 11, killing all 11 people onboard. Turkish media reports said the plane was carrying Mina Basaran, the 28-year-old daughter of Turkish businessman Huseyin Basaran, along with seven of her friends and three crew members. - 3/12/18

Renewed Serbia-Iran Flights Seen As Possible Migrant Route

- Direct flights between Iran and Serbia have resumed after a gap of 27 years with the landing on March 10 of an IranAir jet at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport. With the resumption, some groups in Serbia have raised concerns that the flights might be used as a new route for migrants from Iran looking to remain permanently in Europe. All flights on IranAir's twice-weekly Tehran-Belgrade service have been fully booked until the end of the summer, Serbian media have reported. - 3/12/18

Historical Tabib mansion in Shushtar, Iran turned into boutique hotel

- The 19th-century Tabib Shushtari mansion has recently been repurposed into a boutique hotel after being fully restored. The mansion is located in the ancient city of Shushtar, southwest Iran. The hotel has 10 rooms with a capacity to accommodate 39 people. - 3/7/18

Worrying road accidents in Iran: Some 14,000 deaths in 10 months

- Some 13,874 people were killed in road accidents over the first 10 months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2017-January 20, 2018). According to Iran's forensics organization, men constituted 10,889 of the deaths over the aforesaid period, Fars news agency reported on Saturday. - 3/5/18

Iran Grounds Aseman ATR Planes Like One That Crashed

- Iran's civil aviation organization has grounded ATR-72 planes belon ging to Aseman Airlines after one of them crashed this week with 65 people on board, state media reported on February 23. The regulator was reported as saying that the measure was temporary as authorities investigate the cause of the accident on February 18 in which an ATR-72 twin-engine plane that had been in service since 1993 crashed in Iran's Zagros mountains. - 2/25/18

IRAN: Bodies recovered from plane crash site

- Four days after a passenger plane heading from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasouj crashed into Dena mountain range, search and rescue teams on Wednesday found and recovered some of the bodies. The bodies were not easy to identify, according to Tasnim news agency. While some news agencies reported that 7 bodies were transferred to Yasouj, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, forensics director Kamrouz Amini has said that no bodies are transferred to the city yet. - 2/22/18

Trump set to oppose Boeing deal with Iran Air: Report

- Officials at the Trump administration are using a case against an Iranian airliner to thwart a multibillion-dollar deal between Boeing and flag carrier Iran Air for the sale of new passenger planes, US reports say. The push comes as President Donald Trump is considering whether to grant licenses to Boeing to sell 80 planes to Iran Air under a deal signed in December 2016. - 2/21/18

Iran plane crash: Wreckage, bodies found

- Search and rescue teams finally managed to find the wreckage of a plane that crashed into the Dena mountain range, southwestern Iran, on Sunday, recovering bodies of some of the victims, ISNA news agency reported. The ATR aircraft with 66 passengers and crew on board went missing and due to bad weather conditions search for finding the wreckage of the plane continued for three days. - 2/20/18

Iran Rescue Teams 'Find Crash Site'

- Iranian search and rescue teams have reached the site of the plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported on February 19. State television said helicopters were now able to take part in the search for Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 after the weather improved following blizzard conditions that had hampered search efforts on February 18. - 2/19/18

Iranian airlines examining Russian Sukhoi superjet for possible purchase

- A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 landed on Tehran's Mehrabad Airport on Monday morning and was examined by Iranian aviation experts deciding about its future purchase, Tasnim news agency reported. "The Russian airplane maker asked Iran to let its aircraft land on Mehrabad on its way back from Singapore Air Show 2018," the Secretariat of Association of Iranian Airlines Maghsoud Asadi Samani told Tasnim on the sidelines of the superjet's examination. - 2/13/18

Tabriz gears up for biggest tourism event of Muslim countries in 2018

- Tabriz in northwest Iran seeks to step out of the twilight with a spectacular gala which is set to attract heads of state, business leaders and gurus of the hospitality industry to the biggest tourism event of Muslims states in 2018. The city, a key location on the Silk Road and a gateway to Europe and East Asia, has been named by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as the 2018 tourism capital of Islamic countries. - 2/6/18

Life in the mountains: Skiing in Iran

- Iran has long been an international destination for avid powder chasers during winter, while - in total contrast - its arid and semi-arid climate reaches sweltering levels in summer. Maybe not the first that comes to mind, snow-capped mountains above Tehran are home to some of the world's best ski resorts where powder hounds can enjoy famous Iranian hospitality. - 1/31/18

Tehran Airports, Schools Closed Due To Heavy Snow

- Heavy snowfalls have forced airports and schools in Tehran to close, while hundreds of cars have been blocked on highways out of the Iranian capital for hours. Tehran's Imam Khomeini International and Mehrabad airports were shut due to poor visibility "until further notice," state television said on January 28. Schools closed in several parts of the country, including the capital, and hundreds of Red Crescent teams were mobilized to bring help to stranded drivers. - 1/29/18



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