•  Foreign traverses are seen during their visit to the Tabātabāei House, 19th-century tourist destination in Kashan, Iran. 2017-06-20 09:42

    Kashan tourist arrivals rise 62% y/y

    TEHRAN - The number of foreign tourists visiting the central city of Kashan rose 62 percent to 16,300 during April 4 to June 5 in comparison to the same period last year, IRNA reported on Saturday.

  • An exterior view of Vakil Caravansary in Kerman province, southern Iran. 2017-06-10 19:05

    Historical lodgings can buttress Iranian hospitality industry

    TEHRAN – Abundant historical mansions scattered across Iran, if restored properly as tourist lodgings, can bolster hospitality industry of the country that is steadily becoming a hot tourist destination.

  • An undated picture released by shows Western travelers posing for a photo near Chehel Sotoun, a Safavid-era pavilion in Isfahan, central Iran. 2017-06-05 19:08

    No restrictions for American travelers to visit Iran

    TEHRAN – Problems in issuing Iran visas for U.S. nationals have been solved so that they can easily obtain the entry permission for traveling to the country, says the chief executive of the Iranian Tour Operators Association.

  • Espinas Palace Hotel 2017-05-29 17:39

    More 4&5 star hotels to jumpstart Iranian hospitality industry

    TEHRAN – A total of 20 four- and five-star hotels will be inaugurated across Iran by the end of the current calendar year (March 20, 2018), a tourism official has said.

  • PHOTO: People protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban in New York City, U.S., February 1, 2017. (Reuters/Brendan McDermid) 2017-05-27 18:56

    U.S. cuts April visas for Iranian nationals by half yr/yr

    TEHRAN – The number of U.S. non-immigrant visas issued to Iranian nationals has dropped by 52 percent in April compared to the same month last year, Newsweek reported on Friday.

  • A view of Naqsh-e Rustam in Fars province. Located about 12 km northwest of Persepolis, the historical necropolis embraces rock-hewn royal tombs and bas-relief carvings associated with the Achaemenid 2017-05-25 22:37

    Fars province’s foreign tourist arrivals rise 42% y/y

    TEHRAN – Fars province attracted over 165,000 foreign tourists in the first two months of the current calendar year (March 21 – May 21), up 42 percent from a year earlier, the provincial tourism chief announced on Monday.

  • Kermanshah, a cradle of civilization 2017-05-15 15:49

    Kermanshah, a cradle of civilization

    A photo collection depicts several natural landscapes, historical places, tourism attractions and museums that are scattered across Kermanshah and its surroundings in western Iran, May 12, 2017. The city is a cradle of civilization due to its antiquity, rich culture and Neolithic sites that yielded rich collections of stone tools and fossil bones. Proximity to the Achaemanid and Sassanid bas-relief carvings of Bisotun and Taq-e-Bustan is amongst other tourist drawcards for the city.Tehran Times/ Leila Qodrat-Elahifard

  • A general view of the historical Abyaneh village in central Iran. 2017-05-11 07:04

    Abyaneh village, open-air museum of living traditions

    TEHRAN – Dominated with reddish hues and lost in labyrinth of heights, Abyaneh village is one of the oldest in Iran. It is an example of human adaptation to nature, wherein one can redraw the boundaries of time and feel a flavor of ancient Iranian culture and civilization.

  • Clusters of natives and travelers mark the national Shiraz Day during their visit to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city on May 2017-05-05 21:03

    Iran marks national Shiraz Day

    Clusters of people mark the national Shiraz Day during their visit to Hafezieh where Hafez, an illustrious 14th-century Persian poet, is laid to rest in the southern Iranian city on May 5, 2017.

  • An undated photo depicts people visiting the UNESCO-inscribed Imam Square in Isfahan, central Iran. The 17th-century square is bordered on all sides by monumental buildings linked by a series of two-s 2017-05-02 09:13

    Isfahan’s foreign tourist arrivals break 40-year-record

    TEHRAN – Some 85 thousand foreign travelers visited Isfahan during the first Iranian month of Farvardin (Mar. 21 to Apr. 20), setting a new record for the past 40 years, Isfahan Governor General says.

  • A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. 2017-05-01 09:22

    Khalid Nabi shrine where faith and beauty meet

    A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. The modest shrine, surmounted by a tiny cone-shaped dome, is seen in the foreground atop a greenish pick.

  • An undated photo depicts travelers walking across the scenic Shahdad Desert in Kerman province. 2017-04-29 18:38

    Sharp rise in foreign tourist visits to Kerman province

    TEHRAN - The number of foreign tourists traveling to the southeastern province of Kerman has raised five times over the past four years, a provincial tourism official said on Saturday.

  • Tourists from Hong Kong visit the Gate of All Nations at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis in southern Iran, February 11, 2016. (AFP Photo/Behrouz Mehri) 2017-04-26 20:52

    Foreign tourist arrivals fetch Iran $32b in four years

    TEHRAN – Foreign tourists have spent some $32 billion in Iran over the past four years, said an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) shakes hands with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Tbilisi on April 18, 2017. 2017-04-19 19:08

    Zarif urges Georgia to recommit respect for Iranian tourists

    TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Georgia should recommit to the respect for Iranian tourists.

  • Golden Eagle passengers arrive in Isfahan on April 12, 2017. 2017-04-18 12:18

    Intl. tourists aboard Golden Eagle visit World Heritage sites in Iran

    TEHRAN – On Saturday, a group of foreign tourists aboard a Golden Eagle luxury train, known as a 5-star hotel on wheels, visited three UNESCO World Heritage sites, which are scattered across Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran.

  • A view of St. Basil’s Cathedral, a major tourist destination in Moscow 2017-04-08 21:04

    Iranian tourist visits to Russia up by 72% in 2016

    TEHRAN - Roughly 67,000 Iranians visited Russia in 2016, a solid growth of 72 percent compared to a year earlier, Russia Beyond the Headlines reported on April 5.

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-04-06 14:10

    Tehran eyes rise in inbound tourists this year: AGI

    TEHRAN – The bustling yet historical Iranian capital is expected to witness a boom in the number of its visitors this year, though years of international sanctions had slowed the expansion of tourism industry in the country, Italian Journalist Agency -- Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (AGI) – reported on March 31.

  • Rouhani and Putin shake hand during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 28, 2017. 2017-04-03 19:45

    Tehran, Moscow agree on visa-free travel for tourist groups

    TEHRAN – Iran and Russia have inked a visa-free agreement for tourist groups, as the two countries are taking steps towards broadening bilateral tourism ties.

  • Land of Affection - Qazvin 2017-03-28 13:07

    Iran, land of Affection - Qazvin

    Located in Qazvin province, northern Iran, Qazvin city enjoys a great historical context, potential for cultural attractions and tourist desirability.Tehran Times / Amin Rahmani

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-03-23 15:54

    Double-decker bus offers hop-on, hop-off tour in Tehran

    An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017.

  • A view general of Tehran with snow-clad Alborz mountain range in the background 2017-03-20 11:41

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Time to see another face of Tehran during Noruz

    TEHRAN – Noruz, the ancient, national festive of the Iranians, is the right time for those who have been for long fancying being in Tehran.

  • A general view of the Burnt City, an archeological site located in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. 2017-03-14 09:27

    Sistan-Baluchestan to turn into tourist hub

    TEHRAN – Iranian tourism authorities seek to put a new face to Sistan-Baluchestan Province in a bid to turn the vast southeastern region into a tourist destination.

  •  A Westerner couple pose for a photo at the enormous historical Imam Square in Isfahan on November 9, 2016. The sixth-story Safavid-era Ali Qapu Palace in also seen in the background. 2017-03-06 18:31

    World media put spotlight on Iran as tourist hub

    TEHRAN - Following a landmark nuclear deal Tehran and world powers clinched in 2015, Iran is repeatedly named as a hot travel destination by a circle of international media outlets in terms of its rich history, picturesque sceneries, traditions, cuisine and hospitable people.

  • An exterior view of the Zeinodin Caravanserai in southern Iran 2017-02-23 19:27

    Under visitors’ eyes: Centuries-old Zeinodin Caravanserai

    TEHRAN - For some visitors to Iran staying at or even a short visit to a caravanserai seems to be a must. The 16th-century Zeinodin Caravanserai, which is tastefully renovated, is amongst such time-honored roadside inns.

  • Espinas Palace Hotel 2017-01-30 18:20

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Global hotel industry seeks to boost foothold in Iran, reaping gain from tourist influx

    With Iran steadily becoming a hot tourist destination, several international hotel companies are looking to establish footholds in the country, as the government has pledged support for the flourishing sector to cope with the tourist influx.

  • Vakil Mosque in Shiraz 2017-01-28 21:20

    Picture of the day

    A foreign tourist takes a shot of the courtyard of the historical Vakil Mosque in Shiraz, southern Iran on January 16, 2017. (Photo: IRNA/Reza Qaderi)

  • Western tourists walk along a platform at the Tehran railway station 2017-01-18 19:17

    Post-JCPOA Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth

    TEHRAN – Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016.

  • Monastery of Saint Thaddeus 2017-01-15 13:01

    Monastery of Saint Thaddeus, a UNESCO-inscribed tourist spot in far northwest corner of Iran

    TEHRAN – The Monastery of Saint Thaddeus is a tourist destination in the far northwest corner of Iran, adjacent to the borders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

  • Vank Cathedral 2017-01-08 09:21

    Vank Cathedral lit at sunset

    The dome, towers, and spires of the Vank Cathedral are lit at sunset in the Jolfa district of the central Iranian city of Isfahan on Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Hafezieh 2017-01-03 09:06

    Hafezieh, meeting point of nature and culture

    TEHRAN - Each day hundreds of Iranians along with foreign backpackers come to visit Hafezieh, a major tourist spot where illustrious Persian poet Hafez is laid to rest.