Afshin Majlesi


  • A view of Masouleh, a touristic village in northern Iran 2017-09-13 19:27

    Masouleh dossier at final stage for UNESCO tag

    TEHRAN - The process of compiling an all-inclusive dossier for possible inscription of Masouleh, a historical village in northern Iran, has entered its delicate final phase, a cultural heritage official says.

  • An undated photo depicts an Iranian traveler looking at a tourist map in Istanbul, Turkey. 2017-09-12 08:51

    Iran’s 5-month outbound passengers +20.9% y/y: official

    TEHRAN – Over 3.4 million Iranians traveled abroad during the first five months of the current [Iranian] calendar year (started on March 21, 2017), an increase of 20.9 percent from a year earlier, a tourism official said on Monday.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their visit to the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, in southern Iran. 2017-09-11 19:02

    Over 4.9m foreign travelers visited Iran in 2016: UNWTO

    TEHRAN –The number of international tourist arrivals to Iran stood at 4.9 million in 2016, falling 5.6 percent from a year earlier and showing the first decline since 2013, according to the latest UNWTO Tourism Highlights report released on August 15.

  •  People visit Iran’s pavilion at the China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017, September 8, 2017. 2017-09-10 09:02

    Iran’s tourism potentials, traditions under spotlight at Chinese festival

    TEHRAN – Tourism potentials of Iran, its cultural heritage, traditions, and handicrafts are in the limelight at the China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017 (CITIE), which opened its doors to the public at the China Import and Export Fair Complex on September 8.

  • A cluster of foreign tourists pose for a photo during their visit to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad. Women are clad in chadors, a shapeless gown that cov 2017-09-09 20:27

    Iran experiencing significant boom in Western tourist arrivals

    TEHRAN – Emerging from years of strict economic sanctions and an image tarnished by certain media outlets, Iran is now experiencing significant boom in Western tourist arrivals as the country harbors a rich cultural heritage and history and maybe above all being home to many hospitable people.

  • Scaffolding poles support portions of Takht-e Soleyman, a UNESCO-registered historical site in northwest Iran. 2017-09-09 10:14

    Rehabilitation work restarts at Takht-e Soleyman

    TEHRAN – A new round of restoration works on the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman (“Solomon’s Throne”) in northwest Iran has recently been commenced by a team of Iranian and German experts.

  • An undated photo depicts previously excavated parts of the Great Wall of Gorgan in northern Iran. 2017-09-08 13:53

    Eyeing UNESCO status, Iran’s Great Wall of Gorgan to undergo restoration

    TEHRAN – The ancient Great Wall of Gorgan, northern Iran, is projected to be restored with an eye to get UNESCO World Heritage status

  •  An undated photo shows some troglodyte homes carved out of noticeably eroded rocks in Kandovan village, northwest Iran. 2017-09-05 08:31

    Iran makes leap forward in UNESCO inscription of Kandovan village

    TEHRAN – Iran’s heritage body seeks to remove obstacles for possible inscription of Kandovan village, northwest of the country, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, so as to comply with the UN organization’s requirements and criteria for assuming the privilege.

  •  A photo collection depicts some giant models of Iranian UNESCO World Heritage sites at Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum. 2017-09-04 19:11

    By Afshin Majlesi

    See Iran’s World Heritage sites in landscaped miniature park

    TEHRAN – For ones who are always short of time but fascinated with rich Iranian cultural heritage - no matter what age they are - visiting Tehran’s Miniature Garden Museum, featuring replicas of the country’s most important historical landmarks and landscapes, is a must.

  • Tourists visit a Zoroastrian tower of silence and its adjacent fire temple in Yazd, central Iran. 2017-09-03 08:49

    Yazd on traveler’s radar after getting UNESCO status

    TEHRAN – Tour operators working in Iran and even abroad have lauded the inclusion of Yazd on UNESCO World Heritage list, as a privilege that helps to put the historic city on traveler’s radar worldwide.

  •  A general view of Takht-e Soleyman, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and its rugged landscape in northwest Iran. 2017-09-01 08:30

    Takht-e Soleyman: Harmonious sanctuary inspired by natural context

    TEHRAN – Overlooking a lake with a backdrop of a snowcapped mountain range in northwest Iran, lies the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman (“Solomon’s Throne”), an archeological and touristic site that bears testimony to various eras of the nation’s history.

  • Picture depicts the skyline of Yazd, a UNESCO-registered historical city in central Iran. 2017-08-30 18:58

    Yazd revels in tourism surge

    TEHRAN – The central Iranian province of Yazd is on track to welcome more tourists by registering a major boost in the number of its ecolodges and inscribing its historical capital on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • CTHTO Director Ali-Asghar Mounesan speaks in an undated photo. 2017-08-30 18:55

    Each tourist means 30 barrels of oil in revenues for Iran

    TEHRAN – Every single foreign tourist visiting Iran spends an average of $1,200, bringing in income as much as exporting 30 barrels of oil, the Iranian tourism chief said in a meaningful comparison as the country seeks to cut reliance on oil incomes.

  • The exhibition “Iran. Ancient Culture Between Water and Desert” in Bonn’s Bundeskunsthalle museum shows a muscular hero wrestling with two leopards. 2017-08-29 08:55

    Over 100,000 people visit Iranian artifacts at Bonn exhibit

    TEHRAN – A total of 118,140 museumgoers visited “Iran, Ancient Culture between Water and Desert,” an exhibit of loaned Iranian artifacts which opened on April 13 in Bonn, Germany, ISNA quoted National Museum of Iran Director Jebreil Nokandeh as saying on Monday.

  • People visit the 28th National Crafts Exhibition in northern Tehran, August 24, 2017. (Asghar Khamseh/Tehran Times) 2017-08-28 19:02

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Tehran crafts expo: A venue for dialogue

    TEHRAN - During a visit to the 28th National Crafts Exhibition on Sunday, I gradually realized that many visitors, craftspeople, exhibitors, entrepreneurs and even officials are in ongoing dialogues, a phenomenon that was seemingly a prevailing feature of the event.

  • Travelers visit the historical Belgrade Fortress on the confluence of River Sava and Danube in Serbia 2017-08-27 09:32

    Serbia expects more tourist arrivals from Iran

    TEHRAN – The number of Iranians visiting Serbia is expected to rise as the southeastern European country has recently decided to waive visa requirement for Iranian nationals.

  • Children attend a special training session at the 28th National Crafts Exhibition in Tehran on August 23, 2107. 2017-08-27 09:26

    Tehran crafts expo dedicates section to children, young adults

    TEHRAN – The 28th National Crafts Exhibition in Tehran has dedicated a section to children and young adults in an innovative approach to closely make them familiar with ancient skills passed down from generation to generation.

  • Photo depicts traditional Lenj vessels being built in southern coasts of Iran. Traditional skills of building and sailing Iranian Lenj boats in the Persian Gulf added to the UNESCO list of Intangible 2017-08-26 18:14

    Shiraz to host UNESCO meeting on intangible heritage

    TEHRAN – The Iranian city of Shiraz will host the coordination meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage-related Category 2 Institutes and Centers from September 10 to 12, IRNA reported.

  • An undated photo depicts Turkmen nomads performing a traditional dance at the foot of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower in northern Iran. 2017-08-24 13:56

    Northern cities gear up for intl. tribal culture festival

    TEHRAN – The cities of Gorgan and Gonbad-e Kavus in northern Golestan province will successively host the 11th International Festival of Tribes Culture in early September, ISNA reported on Monday.

  •  The picture shows an artist’s rendition of the Isfahan Healthcare City in central Iran, whenever the massive project is fully completed. 2017-08-23 18:23

    Healthcare city aims to boost Iran’s medical tourism prospects

    TEHRAN – The first phase of an enormous healthcare city was officially inaugurated in the city of Isfahan, central Iran, on Monday as the country avidly seeks to surge its global share of the medical tourism market.

  • Foreign travelers pose for a photo during their visit to Persepolis, southern Iran. 2017-08-21 20:36

    Open-air museum to be set up near Persepolis

    TEHRAN – Iran’s heritage body aims to build an open-air museum on the ruins of a lately-unearthed archeological site adjacent to the legendary Achaemenid city of Persepolis, south of the country.

  • People revel in the peaceful atmosphere of Pol-e Khaju in Isfahan. The 17th-century bridge is lit by glorious colors at dusk. 2017-08-21 20:35

    Pol-e Khaju: Architecturally interesting, visually appealing

    TEHRAN - To experience Isfahan, a vibrant tourist city in central Iran, it is most magical to walk across Pol-e Khaju at sunset when the 17th-century bridge is lit by glorious colors.

  • An aerial view depicts people visiting the 31st Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest, August 17, 2017. 2017-08-19 20:08

    Iranian artisans promote skills at Budapest festival

    TEHRAN – A number of Iranian craftspeople are showcasing their skills at the 31st Festival of Folk Arts, which started on August 17 on open air courts of the Buda Palace, Budapest.

  • An undated picture released by shows Western travelers posing for a photo near Chehel Sotoun, a Safavid-era pavilion in Isfahan, central Iran. 2017-08-19 20:08

    Tourist flow from U.S. to Iran not slowed down

    TEHRAN – The tourist flow from the U.S. to Iran has not been slowed down as its year-on-year rate shows no decrease in the stream, says the chief executive of the Iranian Tour Operators Association.

  • An undated photo shows foreign travelers at Tavasolian eco-lodge in Natanz, Ishafan province 2017-08-19 19:58

    Iran considers rustic charm to buttress tourism sector

    TEHRAN – Iran seeks to make the best use of its rich rural landscape as an approach to promote its budding tourism sector with pinpointing over 5000 villages with considerable tourism potentials across the large country.

  • CHTHO Director Zahra Ahmadipour (3rd R) and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza Salehi-Amiri (3rd L) are about to cut the ribbon on the 10th Tehran International Tourism Exhibit on February 2017-02-06 19:20

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Iran sees tourism ‘pillar of peace and friendship’ in region

    The Iranian government is determined to promote tourism as the country sees it pillar of peace and friendship in the region, said the director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization.