3 Reasons to Travel to Iran
Iran has been in the news a lot lately – for good reason. Another revolution could be coming, and long overdue. But regardless of the political situation in Iran, it deserves a travel look.
There are some places of the world that one does not associate with tourism, socially conscious or not. For Americans, countries that belong to the axis of evil, as coined by our previous president, the Shrub, might fit in that category. The U.S. Department of State continues to issue warnings to U.S. citizens on travel to Iran.
However, the country has a lot to offer and Iran is increasingly understanding the value of tourism, even if its government is not especially keen that these incoming tourists be Americans. Cultural Heritage News Agency reports that Promoting Tourism Tehran recently hosted the International Conference on Tourist Promotion between Asia and the Middle East, where “participants explored ways and means of cooperation, as well as promotion of tourism in this part of the world.” CHNA maintains that “organizing this gathering is a commendable gesture on the part of Iranian tourism authorities and indicates the importance attached by Iran to this sector.”
So, to go or not to go?
Here are three reasons we believe you can experience some wonderful socially conscious tourism in Iran:
- The Iranian people, known for being extremely welcoming, warm, and hospitable hosts to tourists and other visitors.
- Rated 10th best in world for natural and historical sites
- Lack of tourists – while increasing, the number of tourists is still fairly low, leaving you with the fewer crowds and a less contrived experience
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“It is wrong to perceive that a tourist will not observe the cultural, social and religious values of a country. A tourist briefed about different aspects of life will respect the country’s values. So, it is pertinent that in addition to showing historical and cultural places, tourists are also briefed on the economic and other potentials of the country. Upon returning to their countries of origin, they will act as goodwill ambassadors. Iranians have always been well known for their hospitality toward foreigners. If their legitimate needs are met satisfactorily, tourists will appreciate this fine Iranian characteristic and leave with wonderful memories.”
We couldn’t agree more and truly hope that we will get the chance to visit this country one day soon.