Mohamad Hosein Eqbali

Hi! I am Mohamad Hosein, a graduate student of tourism management who loves reading and backpacking! I am especially interested in all the different ethnicities and cultures of Iran. Whenever I get the chance, I pack my backpack and head out to somewhere new. So far, I have been to some pretty off-the-beaten-track places in Iran. I try to share my stories and raise awareness about the lesser-known parts of Iran.

Iran’s brand new Ministry of Tourism


After a bill issued by the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to create Iran’s ministry of tourism, the Guardian Council approved the proposal. The Council stated the bill is not “inconsistent with the Iranian law” and that a ministry can be created. It was then Majlis’s responsibility to approve Mounesan, the proposed minister by the president Hassan Rouhani. Mounesan was the head of a governmental organization called “Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism” before this bill. He received enough votes from the members of the parliament to be the very Iranian minister of Tourism.

Officially called the “Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism,” it is not the first time that tourism goes as high as a ministry. There was also a ministry called “Information and Tourism” before the Islamic Revolution.

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