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?

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 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!

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

 

 

You may heard a lot that Iran is unsafe, insecure, people are dying there, they are fundamentalists, they are really dangerous. Lots of travelers came to Iran carrying all these negative ideas, but at the end of their journey they change their mind and don’t want leave here. Here are some points you should take into consideration while traveling to Iran:

 

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The Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz, also known as the Pink Mosque.

It may seems unsafe in the first sight, but the people on the streets are quick to greet you warmly and ask for a selfie together or invite you for tea.

It is not to say that the strict Islamic regulations are a myth – women have to wear a hijab (headscarf) and cover their figure in public. At some holy sites, you might even be asked to don the ­traditional long black veil called chador (which literally means “tent” in Persian).

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But on the streets of Tehran and some of the big cities, it is common to see Iranian women strutting around in trendy tight-fitting garb with dyed tresses peeking out of their colourful headscarves as they rebelliously find fashionable interpretations of the state’s strict dress code.

And while public displays of affection between men and women are a no-no, almost no place is segregated. One of the few “places” where men and women are kept apart is the public transport, where women have a separate entrance and compartment on city buses and the Tehran Metro.

One of the oldest civilisations ­in the world, Iran is home to 21 Unesco World Heritage sites with a rich legacy of art, culture and architecture dating back some three millennia.

Golestan Palace

Golestan Palace, or the ‘Palace of flowers’, is one of the oldest historical monuments in Tehran.

My whirlwind exploration of this mesmerising heritage started at the Golestan Palace in Tehran. The muted façade of the 400-year-old royal complex is underwhelming, but as soon as you walk in, its grandiose opulence will hit you. Talar-i-Ayaneh (Hall of Mirrors), for one, is unforgettable with its blinding shattered-mirror mosaic walls and ceiling. One would think living with your reflections is unnerving, but apparently the mirrors served a practical purpose – they kept the assassins away.

The newer Niavaran Palace gives a different insight into Iran’s past – it exhibits the excesses of the last Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, as if to justify the 1979 Islamic Revolution that sent him and his family into exile. Maybe it was the winter cold, but an eerie chill swept down my spine as I walked through the rooms showcasing the royal family’s abandoned possessions.

This mesh of the extravagant and the austere; the traditional and the modern; and the Islamic and the pre-Islamic of Iran is evident even as you move out of Tehran.

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The intricate ceiling design in the music room of the Ali Qapu Palace, at the Imam Square of Esfahan.

 

It cannot be more obvious than at the Imam Square in Esfahan, once Iran’s capital under the Safavid Dynasty. Surrounded by intricately designed palaces and mosques, the public square used to host polo matches for the ancient kings’ entertainment. Today, the Imam Square is a popular hangout for the ordinary Esfahan folks who love to picnic and read poetry on the grassy turf.

But the wintry air was biting when we were there, so we quickly popped into the labyrinthine Bazar-e Bozorg nearby to hunt for souvenirs and browse in the workshops where the traders make their wares, from traditional copper pots and glass trinkets, to miniature paintings and printed tablecloths.

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Strolling along the Si-o-seh pol Bridge, the most striking bridge in Esfahan, is a must.

While I had vowed to resist the temptation of lugging home one of the famed Persian carpets, I could not resist the calls of the carpet sellers. So, I let myself be dragged into one carpet shop and surrendered to their “1,001 tales of flying carpets” over hot tea … Leaving without buying was awkward but the experience was definitely worth it.

If the haggling is not for you, there are many chaikhaneh (teahouses) around where you can sip your spiced tea and suck on nabat (traditional rock sugar). Find, if you can in the market maze, the kooky Azadegan Teahouse. The metal pots, lanterns and other knick-knacks hanging from its ceiling give Azadegan’s tea and snacks an extra oomph.

Kick back at the Azadegan

Kick back at the Azadegan Teahouse with its kooky ceiling decor after souvenir hunting at the labyrinthine Bazar-e Bozorg in Esfahan.

After soothing tea, nothing is more invigorating than walking across the wondrous Si-o-seh pol bridge to the leafy Armenian Christian quarter Jolfa, where the Esfahan Music Museum makes an interesting stop with its extensive collection of traditional instruments. We even got serenaded with traditional Persian love songs after our guided tour!

As the Safavids were credited for the spread of Shia Islam, Esfahan is an ideal place to soak in the distinctive blue-tile mosaic design of Iran’s Islamic architecture.

I did wonder if blue tiles are – as magnificent as they are – all there is to Persian mosques. I found the answer in Shiraz, another former capital city. Its Nasir al Mulk mosque is known as the pink mosque because its pink and red tiles radiate a dazzling rosy hue around the main prayer room when sunlight shines through its stained glass windows.

Persepolis

What’s left of Persepolis, the ancient imperial ceremonial capital of Persia, which was burnt down by Alexander the Not Great.

But despite its attractions, and Shiraz has many, most travel to the southern city to get to Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire.

It is said that the Greek conqueror Alexander (the “not Great”, from Iranians’ perspective) had torched most of Persepolis in a drunken fit, but the ruins are still breathtaking.

The tomb of Cyrus the Great at nearby Pasargadae completed my “lesson” on this ancient Persian civilisation. Cyrus is dubbed the “Father of Human Rights” and, to the current theocratic government’s chagrin, many Iranians now hold annual protests at his tomb.

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The Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd where the dead were once left to be eaten by vultures before burial.

I find Iran’s preservation of their pre-Islamic heritage absolutely riveting, and my intrigue only grew when I got to the desert town of Yazd, considered by many to be the “Zoroastrian HQ”.

Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, is said to be founded in Iran. One of its distinct facets is its “decontamination ceremony” for the dead – their bodies are left in a simple tower known as dakhmeh or tower of silence for vultures to pick clean to the bones.

The dakhmeh at the hilly edge of Yazd will transport you back to those gory times, especially if you go there after visiting the surreal Fire Temple, where the flame allegedly has been burning for over 1,500 years.

Yazd’s old town, a pit stop during the old Silk Road days, is also captivating with its badgirs (windtowers) on sun-dried mud-brick houses set around narrow, winding lanes.

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The bathhouses in Kashan are best explored via the rooftop, like this one at Hammam-e Sultan Amir Ahmad.

All the guidebooks say the skyline is best seen from the rooftop, something I unfortunately didn’t get to do as I had to rush to Kashan, another old town with traditional houses, gardens and hammam (bath houses) that should be explored from the rooftops. As I looked out across the quaint skyline, it struck me – I had barely scratched the surface of what this diverse country has to offer.

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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.

 

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
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
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

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