Public Relations and Historical Sites
Professor Don Olsen
April 13, 2013
Iran is a country that very few American tourists would consider visiting. Iran is considered to be almost the age of history; it was home to one of the most ancient civilizations in the world. There is evidence of the current and historical impacts of Iran’s culture from the heart of Europe to the Nile River. Iran is a nation located in the Middle East; it is bodied by the Caspian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf (Travel.State.gov, 2013). Iran is central to many conflict ridden nations. Iran’s eastern boarder is Iraq and Afghanistan on the west, and Pakistan comprises its southwest border. Every United Nation’s country have an advisory about traveling near these boarders due to the intrinsic risk of extremely high levels of violence and crime (UNDSS, 2013) The United States CIA warn Americans against tourism to the country of Iran due to government tensions over the Nuclear Development programs in Iran (CIA.gov 2013). Irepedia.com estimates that on average 1,000 US citizens will travel to Iran. It is required that citizens obtain a visa, which must be obtained through a UN host country (UNDSS, 2013). “The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Iran. The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran” (Travel.state.gov, 2013) Majority of the people travel to Iran for journalism or photography. However, it is becoming a growing trend as a place for tourism. Iran’s appeal for tourism is based on the splendid historical sites and the claims of a very welcoming culture of people (Irepedia.com, 2013). Iran holds a very rich history. The history of Iran has left many magnificent mosques, mausoleums, and several marvelous ruins of ancient cities. Shomal is Northern Iran; it is often consider being one of tourisms favorite destinations. The north part of Iran is recognized for having a wide array of landscapes to include: a coastal plain amidst Alborz Mountain, and many lush forests. Another remarkable site in the Shomal region is the Caspian Sea. The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world and deeper than the Persian Gulf. The northern region offers more than remarkable views. Skiing at the Dizin is a ski resort, mountain climbing and a huge concentration of hot and cold mineral springs, are just a few reasons why people visit the areas within Shomal. If the person has a deep interest in antiquities Persepolis should be a must see. The Caspian Coast and most of the region of Shomal is approximately a four-hour commute to the nation’s capitol Tehran (Encyclopedia Iranica, 2013). Azadi Square is the symbol of Tehran. Constructed of white marble in 1971 to commemorate the 2,500 anniversary of the Persian Empire, this graceful monument is the Gateway to Tehran. Azadi, meaning freedom, has been the place where two of Iran’s most notable government protests have transpired (Time Magazine, 2011). Another famous location is the Golestan Palace, once a royal residence, has now become home to elaborate rose gardens and contains one the most comprehensive museums. The museum showcases over thirty exhibits demonstrating the originality of the various provinces’ culture and history (Destination Iran, 2013). The next major attraction is just south and slightly west of Tehran, Esfahan. Esfahan is often considered the Florence of Persia. This city sits along a river at the center of Iran. Esfahan is often written in as Isfahan, it has been credited with being the home of the Vank Cathedral. The Vank Cathedral is one of Iran’s most famous places of worship and amongst the tourism sites. A city just south of Esfahan is Yazd. The city of Yazd is, centered between the Zagros Mountains...