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Eco-tourism rises as Iran's currency woes clip travelers' wings
Eco-tourism rises as Iran's currency woes clip travelers' wings

In a building full of shops selling nightgowns and wedding dresses, three young women in the modest offices of the Zhivar Tourist Agency chat up clients about prospective vacation spots in Iran. Business is good. The falling value of Iran's currency, the rial — pummeled by international sanctions — has forced the country's middle class to turn inward for travel. Foreign destinations are expensive and often difficult to visit with Iranian passports, but everyone wants to get away occasionally. Iranians driven by economic necessity are rediscovering the natural and historic landmarks of their diverse country, which for millenniums was at the crossroads of various...

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