About Iran Tour Operators
Tour Operators Association started its activity in 1996 with a number of
outstanding tour operators and travel agencies actively involved in inbound
tours, under the name of Specialized Committee of Inbound Tours. The aim of the
establishment of this committee was to overcome the obstacles and difficulties
on the road to the inbound tourism, and to facilitate inbound tourism to Iran
from all over the world. Due to the increasing number of travel agencies and
tour operators, and also the increasing level of activity, the committee was
given the name “Iran Specialized Tour Operators Association" and was
registered in accordance with a new Constitution in 2003. Its member bodies are
made up of the General Assembly, the Board of Directors and the Inspectors. At
present, the Association acts with 7 main members of the Board of Directors, 2
substitute members, a treasurer, a main inspector and a substitute inspector
(their names are mentioned under the menu "Introducing members of the
Board of Directors").
170 tour operators
and travel agencies actively involved in inbound tourism are among the members
of the Association. The main office is located at the following address:
Unit southern 12,
2nd floor, 24 (Dena Building), Vanak st., Vanak sq. Tehran
The main activity of
the Association is to acquaint researchers and those interested in visiting
Iran with the rich culture of our country, and to help the members attract the
inbound tourist and to provide services comparable to International Tourism standards
of developed countries.
The principal and
fundamental activities of Iran Tour Operators Association include attempting to
fulfill the qualitative and quantitative objectives set in the country
development programs; making efforts to improve the specialized training in
tour operators and travel agencies to provide the best service in parallel with
international standards; cooperating
with Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, and Iran Cultural Heritage,
Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in decision-making on the related issues
in order to remove the obstacles in inbound tourism development path, and to
interact on providing export incentives such as prizes and tax exemptions.
- To introduce Iran
as a major global tourism destination with an ancient civilization and culture,
enjoying a rich and diverse nature and climate.
- To attempt to
stimulate the growth of inbound tourism Industry as one of the most booming and
profitable economic activities in our country in terms of providing employment
opportunities especially for the youth and the importing of foreign currency.
- To create
opportunities for the sellers and buyers of the tourism industry products in
order to help the handicrafts market and similar products flourish.
- To cooperate in
writing legislation to safeguard a suitable working environment for the members
and to ensure tourists will enjoy all necessary comforts and have peace of
- To inform the
members about the latest national and international events and developments
influential in their activity.