FITUR The International Tourism Trade Fair 2019

FITUR, the international tourism trade fair, holds its 39th staging from January 23 to January 27, 2019.

FITUR is a global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets.

In 2018 FITUR has beaten the participation record with 10,190 exhibiting companies from 165 countries/regions, 140,120 trade participants and 110,860 people from the general public.

Moreover, the volume of agendas organized by FITUR within the different B2B has reached 6,800 business appointments.

The attendance of 7,856 journalists is a turnout that shows the importance of FITUR on the international circuit of tourism industry events.

The Islamic Republic of Iran with a 357-meter pavilion in hall number 2 has a noticeable presence in 2019 FITUR exhibition.

What are the problems of Muslim tourists?

What are the problems of Muslim tourists?

Fear of misconduct, misconceptions and inappropriate behaviors of other people will always create stress for Muslim tourists.During the journey, Muslim tourists must always wait for some of the problems and concerns that may occur to them.

Nowadays, with the expansion of social networks and media, Muslims are more and more exposed than ever.There are a lot of differences in the news and the dealings with them.
Conflict of thought and culture, especially in European and American societies with Muslims, has created different and almost negative opinions and opinions about them around the world.The issue that has been spoken today, are Muslim tourists.

Like other tourists, Muslims are also interested in traveling,experience new things and communicate with different tribes and cultures.Despite the current stressful life, traveling is the right of all human beings.But Muslims face more problems than other tourists.

Anxiety and stress are the main concerns of every Muslim tourist.There have been many reports of mistreatment of Muslims in different countries.Many people express their hatred towards Islam in their dealings with Muslims”Nonetheless, there are people who are well and completely affectionate with Muslim tourists”.

Traveling with airlines is one of the main problems of Muslims.
Because of security issues, the Muslims are treated more severely than other tourists.Airlines usually provide all the comfort of the flight and excellent facilities for passengers, But they never seek to provide peace of mind to travelers.Mental relaxation in air travel is one of the main concerns of any Muslim.Because they are subject to a lot of security inspections and stress is created for them.
Usually, packages of Quran, Sajda(The carpet for saying pray), Mohr(Special stone for prayer), and religious books in Arabic are also suspected for airport security officers.

These stresses are so pressing on Muslim tourists that, even if they can not book tickets because of systemic errors, they think the problem is related to being Muslim.Checking Muslim tourist documents at airports is generally longer than any other tourist, and this can be repeated several times.Also, traveling to the Middle East will bring a lot of trouble for them, and many security questions will probably be there.

Families of Muslim tourists will be under stress and anxiety.Because these people are always afraid of security issues.
Other Muslim troubles tourists are the telephone conversations because saying hello in Arabic can create a tumultuous atmosphere among the people around them and lead to repression and mistreatment.

The reservation of the hotel is another concern of Muslim tourists Because there is a lot of racism and discrimination for these tourists.Today, some companies(AirBnB & Home Away) have diminished this kind of racism and  Muslim tourists can do the hotel booking with less trouble.

Another Muslim problem is the saying of daily prayers.Usually, Muslim tourists can hardly find a mosque to read their prayers,
due to the wrong reactions of the people, they can not worship in public places or in the street.For this reason, most of them use the Fitting room in shops to say their prayers.

Another Muslim problem is the lack of halal foods.For this reason, most Muslim tourists seek destinations that have halal shops and restaurants in determining their destination.Or they try to be herbivorous during their trip.

Some recreational activities are also not suitable for Muslims.Muslim women can not use recreational facilities such as seas, like other travelers.

Choosing the best time to travel is another problem for Muslim tourists.During Ramadan, traveling to other countries is a religious problem for them, or because of some festivals that conflict with the religion of Islam, they generally try to postpone their travel time.

Muslim tourists should check everything that may be problematic for them before traveling and select a destination that has the least trouble for them.

 

Kalout Travel Agency attends ITB Berlin (2018)

Kalout Travel Agency attends ITB Berlin again this year. The show takes place from the 7th -11th of Marc 2018 in ExpoCenter City, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin.

You’ll find Kalout’s CEO, Mrs. Nabizadeh in hall 7.2a at stand 6. ITB is always a brilliant opportunity for us to catch up with our current partners as well as connecting with new partners.

 

Kalout CEO, Mrs. Nabizadeh at ITB Berlin 2018

We want to meet travel agencies and tour operators that are interested in selling package tours on the Kalout Travel. This year we have a particular focus on group tours and are looking to work with partners who can help us facilitate this.

Kalout offers tailor-made packages for individuals and groups. We provide airport transfers, luggage transfers, accommodation and a detailed holiday pack for our clients. Furthermore, we can also offer dinner and day tour options on some routes. Our 24-hour emergency line is open to all clients on the trail, including those who have booked through third-party agents.

Over the last seven years, Kalout Travel Agency has emerged as a market leader in Iran Inbound tours particularly Iran Desert Tours. We’d like to welcome any interested parties to come and join us at our stand to have a chat about how we can help each other!

Letter of Appreciation for Kalout Travel in 2017

This National Premier Tablet of Domestic Tourism and Travel Agencies awards Kalout as one of the best travel agencies of 2017. The CEO of Kalout Travel, Mrs. Nabizadeh participates in the national ceremony held on the Iran International Tourism Day and receives this award.

 

 

 

Kalout Award

Kalout Award

 

The name of Iran and Iranians have been entangled with being a competent host; Being kind to travelers is a divine feature of humans.

Dear Ms. Nabizadeh The respectable CEO of Kalout Travel Agency This National Premier Tablet of Domestic Tourism and Travel Agencies is awarded to you on the occasion of celebrating The International Tourism Day, on the fifth of Mehr,1396, for your sufficient and serious efforts in improving and moving the name of our beloved country towards excellency in tourism industry. May God support you on your way towards success in giving faithful service to the holy government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Mohammad Moheb Khodaii The Deputy of Tourism

 

Letter of Appreciation

Letter of Appreciation

 

Why should IRAN be on your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST ?

If you love travelling to new places, Iran is a top destination. Iran, as the seventeenth largest country in the world and the second largest country in the Middle East enjoys a variety of cultural and natural attractions, delicious Persian foods, fascinating art works, breathtaking adventurous activities, famous poems and poets, amazing events and festivals, different religious monuments, and so many other entertaining programs to appeal to tourists with many different interests.

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Iran enjoys a variety of cultural and natural attractions

Here are some of the reasons why Iran should be on your travel bucket list of 2018.

Iran is safe and affordable

Though the media has not portrayed a positive picture of Iran, the truth is that it is one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world. It is safe enough to welcome all nations even those solo travelers and women who love to travel by themselves. Moreover, Iran is one of the world’s most affordable destinations. The government has also eased the visa issuing progress. Therefore, travelers have more opportunities to visit this amazing country.

Iran has intact nature and ancient culture

Long history, outstanding architecture, elegant gardens, astonishing landscapes, and remarkable wildlife all represent Iran as a great destination to explore. With 22 cultural heritage and one natural sites inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List, Iran is proud of its thousands year old historical and cultural attractions. It is the country of wind catchers, Persian gardens, museums, caravanserais, bridges, mausoleums, mosques, churches, and bazaars.

Susa, Shushtar Hydraulic System, and Tchoghazanbil in Khuzestan as the birthplace of the Elamites, and Burnt City dating back to 3200 BC in Sistan and Baluchestan are among Iran cultural and heritage sites.

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Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System as a UNESCO World Heritage site

Iran also embraces mountains, deserts, forests, caves, canyons, rivers, and national parks. Ali-Sadr Cave in Hamadan, Badab-e-Soort travertine terraces in Mazandaran, Kaluts of Shahdad in Lut Desert, and mangrove trees and Star Valley in Qeshm Island are only some of the natural attractions of Iran.

Iran is wonderful for adventure seekers

Surrounded by high peaks, roaring rivers, intense forests, vast deserts, large waterfalls, and deep canyons, Iran has the most inspiring places for adventure seekers from around the world. Rafting, hiking, biking, trekking, spelunking, caving, mountain biking, scuba diving, Safari expedition, sand boarding, bird watching, and canyoneering are all the adventurous activities one can enjoy in Iran.

Iran is wonderful for adventure seekers

Iran is wonderful for adventure seekers

Iran has fantastic festivals

As a historical country, Iran has a variety of festivals and ancient traditions. Nowruz, Mehregan, Shab-e-Yalda, and Chaharshanbeh Suri are among the most famous ones held annually in Iran.

Nowruz known as the Persian New Year is celebrated worldwide by Iranians. Setting “Sofreh Haft Seen” is an interesting custom of Nowruz. It includes Seven (Haft) symbolic edible herbs and fruits all starting with the letter “Seen” in Persian Alphabet (pronounced as letter S in English), an ornamented mirror, Holy book, and a Divan of Hafez. Each of the fruits or herbs stands for a meaningful concept.

The autumn starts with the month of Mehr in Iran and its 16th day called “Mehregan” is the celebration of light, friendship, kindness, and love in Avestan calendar.

Shab-e-Yalda (Yalda Night) is one of the most ancient Persian festivals annually celebrated on December 21 by Iranians all around the world. It is the last night of autumn and the longest night of the year. On Shab-e-Yalda, people gather in groups of friends or relatives to pass the longest night of the year happily by eating nuts and fruits, reading Hafiz poems, making good wishes, and talking and laughing all together.

Shab-e-Yalda is one of the most ancient Persian festivals

Shab-e-Yalda is one of the most ancient Persian festivals

Chaharshanbeh Suri known as the Persian Festival of Fire is also celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz. In the evening of Chaharshanbeh Suri, people make bonfires and jump over the fire while symbolically ask the fire to take sickness away and bring about health.

Iran is great for religious Tourism

Iran enjoys diversity in religions. Many Islamic holy places such as Mashhad and Qom attract even non-Muslims because of their magnificent architectural features. As Iran has been the land of other religions before Islam such as Zoroastrianism and Christianity, there are many holy places related to those religions in different parts of Iran. Armenian Monastic Ensembles in West Azarbaijan province, Vank Cathedral in Isfahan, the Zoroastrian Pir-e-Sabz or Chak Chak pilgrimage place in Yazd, the Tomb of Daniel in Susa, and the Holy Shrine in Mashad all satisfy the spiritual needs of the followers of different religions.

Iran enjoys diversity in religions

Iran enjoys diversity in religions

Iran has opportunities for Halal Tourism

Halal tourism means providing travel in accordance with Muslim beliefs and practices such as serving no alcohol or pork products. Travelling around Iran provides peace of mind for Muslims, because foods are all halal. Kebabs and different kinds of stew, soup, and rice dishes are the famous delicious Iranian foods .Iran could be a perfect destination for travelers who wish to spend their holidays with respect to their cultural and religious beliefs.

Kebabs are among the most delicious Iranian foods

Kebabs are among the most delicious Iranian foods

Iran is a proper option for Health Tourism

Iran’s highly equipped hospitals and rehabilitation centers offer a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities and treatment with experienced expert medical teams at reasonable costs. Treatment costs are much lower comparing to the developed countries, southeastern Asian countries, and Iran’s regional competitors such as the Persian Gulf States.

Iran has great potentials for MICE Tourism

Iran has also potentials for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibition) tourism. Since business travelers use travel services such as hotel facilities and other amenities like restaurants, souvenir shops and local tourist spots, all these sectors could be considered as an area for development and investment.

Booming Tourism in Iran

Booming Tourism in Iran in New Presidency!

Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has been a no-go area for most tourists. Even today, moral enforcers are watching the streets of Teheran checking the inhabitants’ behavior. But recently, increasingly large amounts of foreign tourists have arrived to the country.

There has been a full-fledged hype around Iran-tourism since 2013 – which has been validated by multiple travel companies. Demand has been so high that additional programs had to be set in place. Gebeco, a large tour operator for study- and experience-traveling, talks about a „large boom” in Iran-tourism since 2013. Almost all study tours for Spring 2016 are already booked out. Gebeco stated that their revenue from trips to Iran have doubled once more. Iran has become a trend destination.

Other tour operators are experiencing similar growth as well. Study tour operator Studiosus confirms. While there were roughly 500 bookings in 2013, the number of trips to the Islamic Republic increased to 2700 in 2015. “With no evidence of stopping anytime soon,” according to Studiosus-spokesman Frano Ilic. According to the statements made by the travel company, Iran is their currently most popular long distance travel destination. Despite this high number of bookings, the country however is far from populated by tourists – there is no mass tourism in sight.

Especially popular are the cities of Teheran and Schiras (or Shiraz), the city of gardens and poets. From there, you can easily drive to the royal city Persepolis, which is one of the most attractive ruin cities of the world. Another highlight in Iran is Isfahan: With its many colorful mosques and the world’s second largest square; it is one of the most important culture cities of the Middle East.

Guided group tours around Iran have the benefit that guides can explain and remind you of the rules of Sharia. In practice, this means that women need to dress appropriately and wear a headscarf, men need to dress conservatively as well. Furthermore, there is a strict ban on alcohol and sexual contact outside of marriage. Tourists need to be aware of all of this when they visit Iran. Single travelers need to be especially careful since they are solely responsible for their own safety.

Especially those interested in culture will find Iran to be an exciting travel destination. However, one should be clear that Sharia laws very much shape the travelers’ experience. Iran is still a place that requires a certain amount of caution. Speaking your mind about current political developments can bring your trip to a bad and premature end – and you could get into police custody sooner than you would think, which is especially hard to get out of. Despite lots of improvements, Iran is still a country where tourists should take care to avoid any unwanted trouble.

Kerman Economuseum

 

Iran’s Economuseum becomes a major tourist attraction
An ancient building in southeastern Iran has become a museum of traditional professions that attracts a large number of visitors.

A historic school in the city of Kerman, in southeastern Iran, has been restored and renovated and renamed “Economuseum”. It is a place where visitors can familiarize themselves with the different traditional professions of the city.

For starters, the Grand Bazaar of Kerman has numerous attractions. Anyone entering the market can spend hours visiting the historical monuments there, including old small workshops. Old men have still kept alive and probably forgotten professions in the province.

According to a Persian report from the Mehr News , one of the ancient monuments in the main hall of the bazaar was recently restored.

Visitors can now see for themselves the traditional professions of Kerman people there. Each camera is dedicated to a certain art and industry. Ceramics, carpet weaving, carpet weaving and a room with symbolic decoration suggesting that Kermanis decorate the rooms of their houses. A public road in the monument is going to be adapted and put into service, too. This place is known as the Lady Bibijan School. The building was opened to the public in 2015 as the Econonomuseum of Professions, which houses visitors and tourists.

The historic building built in 1888 was first used as a joint Iran-UK bank. Later, after the bank was transferred to the British consulate, the building was renovated in 1933 for use by students. In 1941, it was named after the lady “Bibi Hayati”, and was used as a school until 1977. It was then abandoned and extinguished. And several years ago, it was restored and converted into a museum.

 

Tabriz invites foreign envoys to visit the capital of Islamic tourism

Tabriz invites foreign envoys to visit the capital of Islamic tourism
During a conference hosted by the Islamic Cooperation Organization in December 2016, Tabriz, the central city of East Azarbaijan province, was selected by OIC member states as the capital of Islamic tourism in 2018, IRNA reported.

The selection is considered by the authorities as a great opportunity to attract tourists from all over the country and the region.

With the approach of 2018, officials in the province are implementing plans to attract more tourists during the event.

As part of the initiative, Majid Khodabakhsh, the governor-general of eastern Azerbaijan, invited the ambassadors from China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Georgia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei to a two-day the region. province.

“With the World Crafts City and City of the Firsts titles as well as the world’s largest covered market, it would be enough to present Tabriz as an attractive destination for foreign tourists.”

He stressed that in addition to cultural and historical potentials, the city’s economic capabilities should also be highlighted.

“More than 4,000 industrial and manufacturing units and $ 1.8 billion in exports from the province offer great potential to attract foreign investors,” he added.

Khodabakhsh hoped that the ambassadors’ trip would contribute to a greater flow of tourists to Tabriz and the province.

Chinese Ambassador Pang Sen said Tabriz has so many attractions that one can not visit them all in two days, but hopes that useful data can be collected, especially on the city’s handicrafts during this period.

Nematollah Emamzadeh, the Tajik ambassador who was on his fourth trip to Tabriz, underlined the prospects of expanding trade relations with the province.

Tabriz houses a number of famous religious sites, such as the Great Mosque and Tabriz Citadel, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tabriz Bazar. It has been declared World Craft City by the World Craft Council, which, together with Isfahan, makes it one of only two cities in Iran that holds the title.

East of Azerbaijan has more than 30 national intangible heritage inscriptions, 20 specialized and general museums, five inscribed natural sites and dozens of other historical sites, as well as unique handicrafts that can attract a large number of domestic and foreign tourists.

Empty skiing tracks in Iran

Empty skiing tracks in Iran
Iran enjoys largest untouched ski resort in world
The ski areas of Iran reach altitudes that eclipse even the highest tourist resorts of the Alps.

The Daily Daily Broadsheet ‘The Daily Telegraph’ in a recent report says Iran is the largest untapped ski resort in the world.

For most skiers and snowboarders, the idea of an off-piste paradise usually conjures up thoughts of the majestic peaks of Alaska, Verbier’s famous freeride field or Japan’s legendary dusty fields. Many, in a lasting way, would not consider looking at the mountains of Iran.

But hoping to lift the curtain on Iran’s off-piste terrain is Snoworks, a provider of ski courses based in the UK around the world. The company has announced a new trip to Iran’s top ski resorts for British skiers next March, along with tour operator Mountain Heaven.

Mountain Heaven’s Managing Director Nick Williams visited the country in March 2016 and was impressed by the terrain, the food, the friendly people and the atmospheric mountain cafes to launch their holidays. The Snoworks trip combines four of Iran’s main ski resorts: Dizin, Shemshak, Darbandsar and Tochal.

All resorts have unconnected off-piste areas accessed by a lift, but most skiers and snowboarders have probably never heard of them. Mountain Heaven also offers holidays in Dizin, Shemshak, and Darbandsar which, although not recommended for beginners, are based more on the slopes.

The Alborz Mountains in northern Iran extend from the border with Azerbaijan and along the western and southern coasts of the Caspian Sea. These holidays visit tourist centers in the center of the mountain range, to the north of the Iranian capital of Tehran.

The ski areas of Iran reach altitudes that eclipse even the highest tourist resorts of the Alps.

The Daily Telegraph quoted Phil Smith, Director of Snoworks, who said: “Skiing in Iran offers a real adventure, combining incredible culture and unforgettable skiing experiences.

“We will fly to Tehran with a stopover in the city before heading uphill in the Alborz Cordillera north of Tehran. Skiing in Iran is little known outside the country, but there is an immense mountain range, largely untapped.”

Snoworks will make your trip from March 10 to March 18, 2018, at a cost of £ 2,545 per person, based on two people sharing a room.

The price includes transfers, accommodation and breakfast provided by Ski Adventure Iran in association with Mountain Heaven, dinners at ski resorts, visa approval service, Snoworks guide instructions and tickets for any tourist visit to Tehran.

Rafting in Iran a new sport

Rafting in Iran

Rafting in Iran is a new sport.Although Iran is a desert country with low rivers, in the mountainous regions of Iran, there are several rivers that are very suitable for this sport.
Some of these areas are:

Armand river in the green city of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari
White River in the north of the country and in the beautiful province of Guilan,River with many rocks, Caesar in Lorestan province,Karaj River in Alborz Province,Sirvan River in Kurdistan Province, and the best area for this sport is Zayandeh Rood River in Isfahan Province and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari with numerous rivers and longer trails, and beautiful historical and natural landscapes that has given a very special effect to this area.

Rafting in Iran

Zayande Rood River
This river is one of the most important rivers in Isfahan and Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari province.The best time for this river is spring, especially in the months of March and April.The waves of the Zayanderroud River are at level 2 and 3.

Haraz River
This river is located in Mazandaran province in the north of Iran.Rafting will take about 3 hours and has waves of 2nd and 3rd level.Parts of this river have waves of grade 4.

Rafting in Iran

Sefid Rood River
The natural scenery of this river is very beautiful and pass throughout of the best green province of Iran “Guilan”.This river is the second longest river in Iran and has waves of grade 2 and 3 and is suitable for Rafting and Kayaking.

Rafting in Iran

Caesar River
This river is from the branches of the Dez River in Lorestan province, and it is suitable for both beginners and professionals due to its 2 to 4-degree waves.The length of the Caesar River is 515 km and its average slope is 0.4%.

Rafting in Iran

Armand River
Armand is one of the major rivers of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province and is considered as the main potential of this province because its catchment area includes more than 50% of the province.
The river has the capacity for running programs and races due to the topography of the route as well as the river water level.

Rafting in Iran