Travel Risk Map 2020

Travel Risk Map 2020: Iran is a safe destination to travel

Have a call for traveling to Iran in 2020 and feel uncertain? Well, if you are looking for some clue, 2020 Travel Risk Map seems a reliable source. According to International SOS, Iran is a safe destination, just as safe as Turkey with a record of more than 39.5 million foreign visitors in 2018!

Launched by global risk experts International SOS in collaboration with Control Risks, the Travel Risk Map 2020 indicates the danger level of different territories and countries based on factors threatening travelers such as violent and petty crime, political violence (politically motivated war and unrest, insurgency, terrorism) and social unrest (sectarian, communal and ethnic violence). More factors such as the effectiveness of the security and emergency services, the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters, and the robustness of the transport infrastructure are also taken into consideration to represent more detailed information.

The map categorizes countries based on five levels of risk: insignificant, low, medium, high and extreme. Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and Greenland are the few countries in Europe to fall in the category of insignificant risk ones. The majority of European countries as well as the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are considered low risk. While there are courtiers such as Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen rated as “Extreme” risk in the Middle East, Iran has been recognized as a medium risk destination along with Russia, Turkey, and India.

Travel risk map 2020 indicates that in spite of the imposed sanctions on Iran, and also what is covered in media about this country, the world admits Iran as a safe country to travel. Our experience of FITUR 2020, held on 22-26 January has also been amazing so far and we are waiting for more tourist arrivals and stronger partnerships in the future.

Iran is a fascinating destination to explore; its long history and geographically diverse land have provided remarkable cultural and natural attractions such as outstanding architecture, elegant gardens, remarkable wildlife, scenic scenery, delicious cuisine, awesome waterfalls, deep canyons, vast deserts, high mountains, and more importantly friendly people.

You are warmly welcomed here to experience a life-long memorable trip.

FITUR 2020 exhibition

Iran Doostan CEO message from FITUR 2020 exhibition

Greetings from Madrid, FITUR 2020 exhibition, to everyone fascinated by Iran’s history and culture and those who are interested in traveling to this ancient land. A land that has the reputation of having developed one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
Yesterday was the third day of the FITUR 2020 exhibition, the international event holding from 22 to 26 January. The first three days of this exhibition is dedicated to tourism professionals and the last two days to public visitors and travel lovers.
This is our 26th presence in FITUR but in a tough circumstance; just after the heartbroken incident of the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran. We, therefore, expected a completely different experience this year. However, none of our appointments, set before the plane crash, were missed and much to our surprise, not only those who had set an appointment, but also our partners and other tour operators paid a visit to our booth, expressed their interest to continue and strengthen their partnership with Iran Doostan toward operating package tours to Iran.

I am proud to be an Iranian and would like to express my gratitude to all our partners and those who visited us in the past three days. We are pleased to have been successful in earning the trust of our partners all around the world during 30 years of experience and we are committed to making every effort to offer good quality services in operating a memorable trip for all travelers to Iran.

M.Ali Ashraf Vaghefi
CEO

Iran Doostan Tours Co.

FITUR 2020 exhibitionUR

 

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Seriously, what is happening in Iran?

The crash of the Ukrainian Boeing 737 in Iran, took-off from Tehran on 8 January, has raised a lot of concerns over safety issues of traveling to Iran. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian plane crash caused the death of 176 passengers and crew aboard, which has raised intranational tensions on media against Iran. Are you among those who have been frightened by the incident? Then, let’s see what is really happening in Iran these days?
No doubt the disaster has touched us and has aroused our deepest sympathy; many Iranian authorities have called for the trial of all those accused of shutting down the passenger plane in error. Still, public anger erupted and there have been commemoration ceremonies all around the world for these victims.
Aviation incidents like the Ukrainian plane crash hardly happen in the world, but when they happen, they would deeply affect the public’s emotions for some time. A heartbroken one occurred many years ago when the Iranian Airbus was shot down by US warship mistakenly above the Persian Gulf and caused all 300 passengers to die in 1988. Another one was a plane of Indian airline on the way from Toronto to Delhi which was exploded by a bomb and caused the death of 329 passengers, the police could never find the guilty person in charge of the bombing. However, the fact is that over the last two decades, aviation deaths around the world have been falling and its safety has improved. According to ICAO, The number of aviation accidents has been declined from 139 accidents in 2008 to 98 accidents in 2019, and fatalities have also dramatically dropped off over the last decade.
Talking about traveling and tourism, the industry is quite sensitive and could be influenced by any breaking news ranging from aviation incidents, political changes, social unrests, and epidemic natural disasters. These circumstances can intimidate potential visitors and significantly impact the flow of tourists to any destination.
As a potential tourist who needs to know exactly what is going on here and then decide about traveling to Iran, you should know that after a week, everything has gone back to normal. In spite of our struggling with the profound grief for all those passengers, life is going on, we go to work or university every day and there is nothing to threaten Iranians and also tourists here. If you have a call for traveling to Iran in 2020, you should know that we are still welcoming our dear guests from all over the world and hope the tourism industry to be flourished again in the region. Do not panic, Iran is safe!

Iranian exporter award

Iran Doostan Tours Co. the exemplary exporter again in 2019

We are delighted and proud to announce that Iran Doostan received the national award as the outstanding Iranian exporter for the second time in 2019. In the past 27 years, this is the 8th time that Iran Doostan Tours Co. won this award.

M Ali Ashraf VaghefiMr. Vaghefi at Iran International Conference Centre

The 23rd anniversary of Iran National Exports Day was celebrated in Tehran on December 2. On this day The Exemplary Exporter ceremony was held at Iran International Conference Centre, Tehran and hosted by Es’haq Jahangiri, Iranian First Vice President and Reza Rahmani, Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade.

Iran Doostan team membersIran Doostan received the national award

At this ceremony, ITPO (Iran Trade Promotion Organization) annually celebrates the National Day of Exports and introduces the winners tried to raise the competitive capability of Iran in the non-oil export section such as developing public export culture, encouraging exporters and economic activists and agencies. There were some important factors impacting our ability to achieve this award such as varied target markets number of passengers product diversity customer satisfaction and attention to sustainable tourism. Undoubtedly, this achievement would have not been possible without the cooperation of our foreign partners.IDT founded in 1990 in the tourism and travel industry of Iran and has received the national award of the best Iranian exporter in tourism services in the years 2004, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Customer Loyalty Workshop at Iran Doostan

Customer Loyalty Workshop at Iran Doostan

Customer Loyalty Workshop at Iran Doostan

Iran Doostan Tours Co. Pjs. (IDT) held a new workshop in Tehran Grand Hotel to train its employees, increase their knowledge, and to enhance their attitude toward Customer Loyalty Strategies.

Customer Loyalty Workshop

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As a pioneer of tourism industry in Iran, IDT believes that improving employees’ skills would result in providing satisfactory customer services as well as developing customer loyalty for the organization. As a matter of fact, a company who would like to increase its customer loyalty, has to go beyond customers’ expectations and should find out how to deal with various levels of needs among customers.
The workshop covered basic concepts and practical skills which are essential to create and maintain Customer Loyalty. In this session, the importance of loyalty and how to create emotional connections and exceptional experiences to differentiate in tourism market and also how to drive revenues and growth were discussed.

Customer Loyalty Workshop at Iran Doostan
Reviewing the conceptual frameworks, the participants cooperated in different teams, based on different sectors of IDT (Cultural, adventure, MICE, operation, Matin Abad, marketing) to practice these lessons. Each team started writing its own goals and objectives and then segmented the customers according to their various levels of needs into three groups and finally they tried developing action plan to build loyalty. Customer segmentation is the most challenging part of customer loyalty programs, since it will be a guide to the following steps; it would specifically contribute to campaign planning and balancing marketing costs with customer lifespan value.
Discussing four regular customer club models, evaluating customer lifespan values (CLV) and applying reward programs to various classes of customers were also the main subjects of this workshop.
At the end of the event, all employees were surprised by receiving a flower for the occasion of national tourism week in Iran.

Customer Loyalty Workshop at Iran Doostan