Iran sets sail in cruise business

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

TEHRAN, 21 April 2017: Iran’s first cruise ship since the 1979 Islamic revolution completed its maiden revenue-earning voyage on Thursday, docking in the Gulf resort island of Qeshm, a port official said.

The Swedish-built Sunny carried more than 200 passengers on the 127-kilometre (79 mile) voyage from Kish, Iran’s other main resort island.

The nine-storey ship is 176 metres long by 23 metres wide, and is planned to carry up to 1,600 passengers and 200 vehicles between the two islands on four- to seven-day cruises. Read more

Iran to continue to ban US tourists

March 9, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 9 March 2017: Despite the US president signing off on a revised travel ban, Monday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Iran’s “retaliatory decision” over Trump’s initial travel ban remain in place.

The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted deputy foreign Minister, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi as saying that the measures Iran implemented over the initial Trump executive order last January US entry is “still in force” and that there is “no need for a new decision.”

Iran had previously said it would reciprocate by banning Americans from getting visas to visit Iran, after the country was listed on the travel ban. Read more

Beach rules ease in Iran’s Kish

November 14, 2016 by  
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KISH, IRAN, 14 November 2016: Iranian investors are pouring money into Kish island in the Gulf, hoping its white sand beaches, coral reefs and more relaxed Islamic rules, could make it a major tourism destination.

From the pristine beaches of Kish, it is only 200 kilometres (120 miles) across the water to Dubai — and it is the booming city state’s tens of thousands of wealthy expats that the investors are hoping to lure.

The wide, palm tree-lined boulevards that circle the island of 100 sq km (nearly 40 sqm) are full of top-end cars, including luxury American models. Read more

THAI flies to Iran

September 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 30 September 2016: Thai Airways International launches its newest destination, Tehran, the capital of Iran, at a VIP launch 1 October.

The airline will offer a nonstop four-weekly service between Bangkok and Tehran.

Airline president and CEO, Charamporn Jotikasthira, said the service to Tehran would introduce a city with abundance of culture and traditions often called the Pride of Persia. Read more

Iran Air cleared for EU take off

June 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 17 June 2017: Iranian flag carrier Iran Air has been taken off a safety blacklist and cleared to fly in the European Union, the European Commission said Thursday.

“Following my visit to Iran in April, a technical assessment was successfully carried out in May,” EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said in a statement.

“Based on this I am happy to announce that we are now able to allow most aircraft from Iran Air back into European skies,” Bulc said. Read more

Headscarf rule upsets air crew

April 5, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 5 April 2016: A number of female Air France cabin crew are resisting an airline ruling that they should wear a headscarf while in Tehran, when flights to the Iranian capital resume on 17 April, a union representative told AFP on Saturday.

“Every day we have calls from worried female cabin crew who tell us that they do not want to wear the headscarf,” said Christophe Pillet of the SNPNC union, which is asking Air France management to make it a voluntary measure.

Company chiefs had sent staff a memo informing that female staff would be required “to wear trousers during the flight with a loose fitting jacket and a scarf covering their hair on leaving he plane”, Pillet said. Read more

Iran turns to tourism

February 12, 2016 by  
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TEHRAN, 12 February 2016: Long seen as a destination strewn with shortcomings, Iran is making a fresh pitch for tourists, with the recent lifting of economic sanctions providing an opportunity to cash in.

The tourism industry has been overlooked by successive governments in Tehran but the deal Iran struck with world powers over its nuclear programme last summer could change that.

Tourists, and the healthy revenues they could generate, are among the huge economic changes stemming from the nuclear deal. Read more