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    Iranian airlines expand intl. flights to spur tourism growth - Tehran Times

    Iran - Iranian airlines expand intl. flights to spur tourism growth - Tehran Times

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    Iranian airlines expand intl. flights to spur tourism growth - Tehran Times
    Publish Date: June 24, 2017

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Mahan Air and Zagros Airlines have recently launched new direct flights to Spain and Russia respectively in a bid to accelerate the pace of tourism growth in the country.

    Tehran-Barcelona direct flights launched

    Mahan Air started flying nonstop from Tehran to Barcelona early on Thursday. 

    “The nonstop flights from Tehran to Barcelona and vice versa will lessen travel time from 12-15 hours to only 6 hours,” Hossein Hosseini, the airline’s marketing manager, was quoted as saying by IRNA.

    Mahan currently operates weekly flights on Sundays and Thursdays between the two cities using the Airbus A340.

    Back in February, Iran tourism chief Zahra Ahmadipour and Spain’s Ambassador Eduardo López Busquets discussed deepening tourism cooperation by simplifying visa issuance regime and establishing direct flights.

    Mahan, which started operations in 1992 as the first private carrier in Iran, has now grown to own the largest fleet among all Iranian carriers.

    Isfahan connected to Moscow, St. Petersburg

    Zagros Airlines has launched its weekly flights to the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

    The privately-owned airline on Friday launched its maiden flight to Moscow from Isfahan’s Shahid Beheshti International Airport.

    The inbound and outbound fights are scheduled for every Friday as the airline changes its Russia destination on a weekly basis. “It flies to Moscow in one week and switches to St. Petersburg the next,” IRNA reported.

    The domestic carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to buy 20 Airbus A320neo jets and eight A330neo aircraft, Reuters reported on Thursday.

    More airliners on way to Iran

    Iran has ordered more than 200 planes since international sanctions against the country were lifted last year in return for curbs on the country's nuclear program.

    Flag carrier IranAir has ordered 100 planes from Airbus, 80 from Boeing and 20 ATR turboprops but implementing the deals has been hampered by uncertainty over financing, Reuters reported.

    Boeing has also signed a deal for 30 737 MAX jets with Iran's Aseman Airlines, which is managed as a private company and owned by Iran's civil service pension foundation.

    Refurbishing Iran’s aviation industry is essential for tourism boom in the country that aims to lure 20 million foreign travelers annually by 2025.

    The government has also announced plans to create sufficient accommodation and transportation for the growing number of tourists. There is a plan to increase the number of higher-end hotels from 130 to more than 1,000 in 10 years.

    Abridged From: Tehran Times

         http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/414548/Iranian-airlines-expand-intl-flights-to-spur-tourism-growth


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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

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