Iranian holiday plans? Airbnb-style site launched

A Swiss company has opened an accommodation-letting service for travellers in Iran. Orientstay currently lists 200 places to stay in nine cities, including Esfahan and Tehran.

The Masjed-e Jameh in Esfahan, Iran.

The Masjed-e Jameh in Esfahan, Iran. Image by David Stanley / CC BY 2.0

Prices range from €20-€300 a night. The site takes a range of payment methods, a major advantage in a country where hotels cannot accept foreign bank cards due to economic sanctions. Since the recent nuclear deal, Iran has experienced a surge of interest from tourists, but there is thought to be a shortage of hotel rooms across the country. Read more: theguardian.com

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