For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells them he can only sell if they pay in Iraqi currency. They often walk out, disappointed. Hussein and many other shop owners in Baghdad’s northern Shiite holy neighborhood of Kadhimiya have seen sales drop sharply over the past year since President Donald Trump began re-imposing sanctions on Iran, home to the largest number of Shiite Muslims around the world. The value of Iran’s currency, the rial, has decreased almost fourfold, pushing the price of nearly everything beyond the reach of ordinary Iranian consumers in Iran and abroad. Standing in his shop wearing jeans and a T-shirt, 27-year-old Hussein said his sales have dropped 30% since last year, but he still prefers not to be … [Read more...] about US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts
Bassem Mroue, Associated Press Updated 1:58 am CDT, Sunday, May 26, 2019 In this Wednesday, May 21, 2019, photo, pigeons fly outside the golden-domed shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Kadhimiya district in north Baghdad, Iraq. Many shop owners in the Shiite holy neighborhood of Kadhimiya, have seen their sales drop sharply over the past year since U.S. President Donald began reimposing sanctions on Iran, home to the largest number of Shiite Muslims around the world. less In this Wednesday, May 21, 2019, photo, pigeons fly outside the golden-domed shrine of Imam Moussa al-Kadhim in Kadhimiya district in north Baghdad, Iraq. Many shop owners in the Shiite holy neighborhood of ... more Photo: Khalid Mohammed, AP Photo: Khalid Mohammed, AP Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 … [Read more...] about US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist shops
Non Nuoc Cao Bang geopark is home to fossils, ocean sediment, volcanic rocks, minerals and especially karst landscapes. (Photo: VNA) Cao Bang (VNA) – Measures to promote sustainable tourism development in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang through UNESCO global geopark model were discussed by domestic and foreign scientists at an international conference held in the locality on May 8. According to Vice Director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism’s Travel Management Department Pham Le Thao, the UNESCO recognition of Vietnam’s Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark as a global park is significant to tourism development in the country. Cao Bang province should fully take advantage of both domestic and international cooperation to turn itself into an attractive destination based on the geopark’s outstanding characteristics, she suggested. Meanwhile, Dr Jutta Weber from the Germany’s Bergstrasse-Odenwald Geopark and Vice President and … [Read more...] about Sustainable tourism development promoted via global geopark
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Ardeshir Larijani on the sidelines 140th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (Photo: VNA) The Iranian top legislator recalled memories of his visit to Vietnam in 2018 and expressed delight at the partnership development between the two countries and parliaments. NA Chairwoman Ngan congratulated the Iranian government and people for maintaining socio-political stability and achieving economic progress. Vietnam and Iran celebrated the fruitful outcomes from the ninth meeting of the Joint Committee, while agreeing on various measures to enhance cooperation in different areas such as agriculture, aquaculture, energy, mining, oil and gas, telecommunications, and banking, she noted. Ngan said she hopes that the two sides will continue coordinating closely to organise the 10th meeting of the committee within the year, and work out solutions to boost bilateral affiliation. The Vietnamese … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Iran look to foster partnership in various fields
by Oliver Smith, The Telegraph, April 8, 2019 “If dope is what you want then you are going to the right place – hash and grass can be found just about everywhere.” So said Lonely Planet of Pakistan in its first ever travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, published in 1973. Indeed, the country was once one of the highlights of the classic “hippie trail” or “overland” route from Europe to the Far East, a rite of passage for disillusioned Western youth. Peshawar and Lahore were considered not only safe – but also fine places to kick back for a few days in a budget hostel, drink Murree beer and sample the local pot. The book offered a tip on leaving the latter city: “You can get a magic bus from Lahore direct to Kabul – look for notices in the freak hangouts.” Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit May 21-23, 2019 | Reunion | Kissimmee, FL This exclusive, invite-only event focused on the luxury travel … [Read more...] about Is Pakistan Finally About to Become Tourism’s Next Big Thing?