Taleb Rifai


  • Zurab Pololikashvili (L front), newly-elected secretary-general of the UNWTO, hugs his predecessor Taleb Rifai, in Chengdu, China on Sept. 14, 2017. 2017-09-16 18:16

    Georgia’s Pololikashvili to steer UNWTO as next secretary-general

    TEHRAN – Zurab Pololikashvili, the current ambassador of Georgia to Spain, has been elected as the forthcoming secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

  • 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.

  • Georgian Ambassador to Spain Zurab Pololikashvili delivers a speech in an undated photo 2017-05-14 09:26

    UNWTO nominates Zurab Pololikashvili as next director

    TEHRAN – Zurab Pololikashvili, the ambassador of Georgia in Spain, has been nominated to direct the United Nations World Tourism Organization for a four-year period starting in January 2018.

  • UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai addresses the 105th UNWTO Executive Council in Madrid, Spain on May 12, 2017. 2017-05-13 18:44

    Spain willing to invest in Iran’s tourism infrastructure

    TEHRAN – Spain is willing to invest in tourism and hospitality infrastructures across Iran, IRNA quoted Matilde Pastora Asian Gonzalez, Secretary of State for Tourism of Spain, as saying on Friday.

  • A view of Iran’s pavilion at the 51st ITB Berlin 2017-03-11 20:40

    Iran broadly promotes tourism at ITB Berlin

    TEHRAN – Over 30 Iranian tourism-associated businesses including transport operators and hotel managers are showcasing full charms of the country at the 51st ITB Berlin -- Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin, which wraps up today.

  • An undated photo above depicts Zahra Ahmadipour who presides over Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization 2017-03-06 22:02

    Tourism chief to attend ITB Berlin, visit German officials

    TEHRAN – Zahra Ahmadipour, the director of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, left Tehran for Germany on Monday to attend the opening ceremony of the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB Berlin), which runs from March 8 to 12.

  • Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary General 2017-02-03 18:13

    UNWTO deeply concerned about U.S. travel ban

    TEHRAN – The United Nations World Tourism Organization has expressed its deep concern over U.S. barring doors to refugees and visitors from seven mainly Muslim nations.