This time, we want to head to the village of Ammameh, Tehran which is one of the capital’s good towns in terms of weather for Yaylak. Ammameh has a host of fruit trees and rivers that feed the village. The architecture of the village has undergone many changes over the years, but the effects of the old houses can still be seen. Come along with us to this village and let’s have a wonderful experience.
Tehran becomes the 2nd Fastest Growing City in Travel and Tourism Employment
According to a report published in October by the World Travel and Tourism Council in its latest “City Travel and Tourism Impact”, from the 72 cities reviewed, Tehran was the second fastest growing city in regards to travel and tourism employment during 2007-17, after Abu Dhabi.
Based on the details in the report, Tehran’s average direct travel and tourism employment growth over the 10-year period stood at 6.8% per annum.
Around 58,100 people were employed in the sector in 2007. In 2017 the figure rose to more than 112,200, to account for 3.8% of the city’s overall employment and 20.3% of Iran’s total employment in the tourism sector.
Tehran will have around 133,700 people employed in the tourism sector by 2027. This is the WTTC’s forecast and it may very well be done.
Tehran ranked sixth in the list of cities with the fastest average direct travel and tourism GDP growth over 2007-17, with an average growth of 7% per year. Tehran’s travel and tourism direct GDP share amounted to $1.4 billion in 2007, which increased to $2.7 billion in 2017, this was based on 2017 real prices. The figure will most likely stand at around $3.7 billion by 2027.
Chongqing, Chengdu, and Shanghai in China, Lagos in Nigeria and Guangzhou again in China were preceding Tehran in this category in a descending order.
Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Istanbul in Turkey, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Mumbai in India, were following Iran in the list, respectively.
The other fastest growing cities in terms of travel and tourism GDP over the past decade were less reliant on domestic travel demand, unlike Chinese cities.
Tehran, Ho Chi Minh City, and Mumbai have benefited from a mix of domestic and international travel growth while Abu Dhabi and Istanbul have seen much of their growth from the international travel market.
The Iranian metropolis ranked 11th in the list of fastest growing cities in tourism and travel GDP creation, this was in 2016-17. According to WTTC Tehran’s GDP growth was at 9% in the sector over that period. Cairo led this category with 34.4 percent.
Around 58,100 people were employed in the sector in Tehran during the year 2007. 20.3 percent of Iran’s total employment in the tourism sector rose to more than 112,200 in 2017 to account for 3.8% of the city’s overall employment.
the WTTC report says that with over half a billion trips to cities annually, famous metropolises have become catalysts of global travel, driving significant increases in travel and tourism within city boundaries and for wider country destinations.
Travel to city destinations in the past decade has grown more rapidly than total international travel demand. This growth directly generated $625 billion or 6.7% of total GDP across the 72 cities reviewed in this study, while industry accounted for 3.2% of global GDP.
54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, so cities have become global economic hubs. These urban centers will continue to attract more people who will come to live, do business and discover them. They are drivers of growth, innovation and job creation. By the year 2050, 68% of the global population is expected to live in cities. This growth can be translated into the rise of city tourism, and it should be because it is forecasted to last.
According to the latest report of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Iran’s tourism industry recorded a negative growth rate in 2017.
Iran hosted about 4.86 million tourists in 2017 alone, recording a 1.5% fall compared to that of the year before. This was based on the organization’s tourism highlights published in August. Only in the year 2016 alone, the country had been selected as a travel destination by over 4.9 million people.
According to UNWTO, the figure in 2010 was 2.9 million people, which allows a broader comparison.
UNWTO reported that on tourism revenues in Iran, the country had earned $2.43 billion in 2010 and $3.71 billion in 2016, but the earnings in 2017 were not disclosed.
Tehran is the largest and most densely populated city in Iran. A city in the heart of the Alborz Mountain Range. From everywhere in the city, the glorious peak of Damavand glorifies. The city is full of historic mansions and old gardens. It has beautiful and valuable museums, gardens and very old historical mansions, which are considered as one of the major attractions of this great city.
This is a list of attractive activities in Tehran:
Hiking to the top of Mt Tochal (3933) takes 45 minutes, So you can enjoy an unforgettable ride on Tochal Telecabin in any time of the year. You don’t have to go all the way (and you’ll need to change gondolas at Station 5 anyway), but there’s a ski resort up top where you’ll find snow between six and eight months of the year. Many people choose Tochal Mt as a hiking destination in warmer seasons. The telecabin is super busy on Thursday, Friday and public holidays when Tehrani’s flock here as much for the socializing as the skiing or hiking; on such days waits of an hour or more in line are not uncommon. On other days, however, it’s virtually empty. Note the telecabin doesn’t run in windy weather; it’s worth calling ahead to check. To get here, ask for a shuttle taxi to Tochal Telecabin from the north side of Tajrish Sq. At the beginning of the way, you can find the public transportation for the telecabin or you can walk for 10 minutes to reach to the telecabin. On the way, you’ll pass several cafes, a single zip line operation and the Alpine Coaster, a bob-sleigh-style ride on metal tracks. There is, also, a chairlift that goes to one of the most favorite places for hiking, Cheshmeh, which is not far from the top of the mountain. The telecabin stops twice in route to the top Station 7 at 3740m – first at Station 2 (2400m), then Station 5 (2935m), where there’s a cafe.
Three kilometers uphill from Tajrish Sq, the road ends, becoming a path winding up a narrow rocky valley, with water cascading down the slope.
In the way of hills, there is a sequence of teahouses and fruit-conserve stalls and restaurants which is one of the peaceful places in Tehran and can provide a very unique feeling of joy for every passenger. Near the entrance to Darband village is a chairlift, which will cut out some of the slogs uphill (although it was closed for renovation at the time of writing).
One of the famous and spectacular places of Tehran is Darakeh which is located at the elevation of 1700 m in the neighborhood of Evin prison.
From the cluster of riverside restaurants near the central car park, paths head up through the village and connect with hiking trails across and up the mountainside. From Darakeh you could, also, walk to station 1 of Tochal Telecabin.
Serious hikers can continue east across the mountain for around 5km to Jamshidiyeh Park. A visiting Darband can easily be combined with “Sa’d Abad”. exit the palace complex via the top entrance and keep going up the hill.
Tochal Ski Resort
Hugging the peak of Mt Tochal, and reached via the Tochal Telecabin, this is the easiest ski resort to access from Tehran. The location at 3500m is spectacular, but the gentle slopes, accessed via a couple of chair and drag lifts, are not so long and mostly for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. If there’s sufficient snow it’s possible to ski down from the top Station 7 of the telecabin to Station 5.
Ski passes are sold at Station 1, where it’s best to rent any equipment you need, too (there is very limited equipment available at the resort). If you book to stay at the comfortable Tochal Hotel, your return telecabin journey and two days of skiing at the summit are covered. There’s also a self-serve cafe at the hotel as well as another cafe at Station 5.
Tochal Ski Club
The club runs a busy equipment rental station at the base of Station 1 of the Tochal Telecabin; on Thursday, Friday and holidays make sure you get here as soon as it opens or you’ll be in a long line for service. It can also arrange lessons at Tochal ski resort from IR350,000 per hour.
Hana SKIING SKIING SPA
Tehran is constantly throwing up pleasant surprises and this Japanese-themed spa is one of them. Styled after an onsen (natural hot-spring) resort, Hana has four soaking pools into which the salts and minerals have been added. There’s also a salt sauna room, various massage therapies, a cafe and a Japanese restaurant on the well-designed premises.
CLIMBING MOUNTAIN TOCHAL
The working time of telecabin is limited, another choice is climbing 3933m of Mt Tochal.
From Station 1 to Station 5 of the telecabin will take around six hours and is an easy route to follow. From Station 5 to the summit is more tricky and is best done in the company of experienced mountaineers – contact Varzesh Kooh for details of various routes and guides.