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Tourism on the rise in Iran

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(11 Nov 2016) LEAD IN: More western tourists are visiting Iran after a thaw in relations following last year's nuclear deal. STORY-LINE: Iranians are seeing more foreign tourists on their streets a year after the landmark nuclear deal that ended a decade of standoff with the world community. Home to beautiful mountains, breathtaking historical buildings and priceless artwork it has lots to offer the intrepid holiday maker. UNESCO, the United Nations culture agency, has 21 sites in Iran on its World Heritage List. They include the ruins of Persepolis and Pasargadae, the mosques and palace at Meidan Emam of Isfahan and other sites. Beyond that, local skiers and snowboarders boast of Iran's mountains, while Tehran enjoys a growing modern art scene. Shiite pilgrims also travel to different sites in the country. In the last few years, Iran reported having around 5 million tourists a year, most coming from Iraq and other neighbouring countries. Tehran's historical Grand Bazaar, situated in the south, is the largest and most important market in the capital. Every day thousands of traders and ordinary people come to the bazaar to do business, shopping or just pass through. Jacques Genevieve Sanchez is a French tourist visiting the bazaar. She came to Iran with her husband a week ago. She says they started planning this trip years ago but felt now was the right time to finally make that happen. "(We travelled to Iran) because we thought of the country many, many years ago and it seems to them that it is easiest today because there is a new connection between Europe and Iran and we notice that it's true", she says. Another tourist is Stefan Moeller from Germany. The businessman chose Iran as a holiday destination for him and his wife and one-year-old son. Stefan says he has found it an interesting and safe destination despite all the negative publicity it gets. "European people are afraid about Iran. They think there is war and some bad guys here but it is all nice here. Because it's so funny and you can have a lot of fun without those things that we have in Europe", he says. However there are lots of Middle Eastern laws here that are worlds apart from life in Europe. Alcohol is illegal and women are required by law to cover their hair. Homosexuals can also face the death penalty in Iran. While it may be getting more popular with Europeans, Americans make up less than one percent of tourists. However despite US travel warnings, an American luxury tour operator is currently promoting a new trip to Iran in May. Illinois-based Abercrombie & Kent is offering the tour to those willing to take the risk, describing it as the first opportunity to see an Iran opening up to the West after the nuclear deal. The cost of the 12-day tour starts at 5,600 US dollars. Iran and America haven't had formal diplomatic relations since the 1979 US Embassy takeover following the country's Islamic Revolution. The Swiss Embassy currently looks after American interests in the country. Abercrombie & Kent says that interchange between American tourists and the Iranian people will help bridge the gap between the two nations. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/49c8a260592f95a9b01faf0144d5af85 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Text Comments (88)
Richard Lemieux (20 days ago)
Richard Lemieux (20 days ago)
I always thought we should be friends with iran and destroy saudi arabia....but we cant be friends with both!
Jerry Perry (28 days ago)
Can you drink alcohol in Iran? Because I wouldn't survive a week without a drink.
Yes,but not in public
Nasser Ghasemi (25 days ago)
Alcohol is devil drink, alcoholism is biggest problem Of modern society has destroyed many million families ,
robinson478 (29 days ago)
Culturally speaking there is no connection between Iran and Europe. On the idelogical realm not even close either. . Is like putting together a Benz and a rusted stinky sled.
Enna Sonwat (30 days ago)
yeah cos they know america is going to eventually get nuked which would be common sense
Ali Razi (1 month ago)
It wasn't
ABU AZOOZ (1 month ago)
Hahahahahaha. Yeah right.
sabbeee MC (23 days ago)
+Caspian Tiger Says the guy that cuts his back like a mad man 🔪 🔪 🔪
Caspian Tiger (1 month ago)
What the hell you saying piss drinker?
luo weiqiang (1 month ago)
They women look stupid with the head gear
B. K (3 months ago)
not anymore :(
ivan ivanovich (8 months ago)
Most of those old folks look like the evangelical trashes missionaries that we see in every country prior to wars started.
فریبا صالحی (1 year ago)
Viva Persia
Paul Fishman (1 year ago)
Thank you Milad, you provide me the fact that under the Ban Americans cannot go to Iran in return.
Mohammad Bahush (1 year ago)
Free Iran ! Death to the islamic Regime !!!!!
Mahyar K (17 days ago)
what pussy you are, talking behind your computer you want millions to die for your objective. Im Persian to and I don't like the regime, khaye Dari Borrow Iran ye khari khon bejaye harf zadan.
Soren Spitama (1 year ago)
I love Iran/Persia
Pax (1 month ago)
+masoodo666 70% Persian, lol idiot.
فریبا صالحی (1 year ago)
M iranin and proud (1 year ago)
masoodo666 what the fuck
Gmail Service (1 year ago)
dude, they are also Iranian
Gmail Service (1 year ago)
Iran's former name is Persia, about 100 years ago its changed to Iran
Paul Fishman (1 year ago)
That is so wrong!! ALL Americans especially will be arrested and jailed for entry as tourists. The same will happen to European citizens as well by the Basij military and the Mazarani regime.
Sahar Kasraie (1 month ago)
+Paul Fishman no one invited you ...dont come and GFY
TROLL FACE (2 months ago)
+Paul Fishman U r actually so brainwashed
Armin S (11 months ago)
PAUL FISHMAN We all know you're an Israeli Jew. You know 100 % you're spewing bullshit. Don't hide behind American Nationality. It's clear as day. The opinion of a person such as yourself is completely worthless specially if it's taken from the media with no first hand evidence. Now go fuck yourself.
Ali T n (1 year ago)
I said tablet.not capsule!!!!
william wallice (1 year ago)
Ali Najdi,, You mean Donald Duck hahahha
Jimmy Martello (1 year ago)
Foolish, tacky, shortsighted, narrow-minded, selfish Euro trash.
Nasser Ghasemi (25 days ago)
the good thing Iranian they live in stolen land Europeans are well informed and well educated. They appreciated rich culture like Iran,
Sahar Kasraie (1 month ago)
let me assure you...we dont give a shit about that small piece of land that is occupied by Jews now .... it is not a real country why would we even care
Ciaron Smith (1 month ago)
You think Iranians care about little desert Israel? Iran is Persia. With a culture that far pre-dates any pitiful Semitic religion. Not to mention they have 4 seasons and lots of snow. Nobody cares about what you have to say in Iran.
william wallice (1 year ago)
solo sin,, Donald Duck is a stupid president .he only wants to destroy Iran ,Syria ,Yemen, Iraq,Afghanistan and Libya, for that country called Israel .which it wants all of the middle east to it self.
solo sin (1 year ago)
Sure you have chosen an idiot for president. All world are having fun. LOL

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