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Posted: 11/2/2006 6:13:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 6:16:24 AM EST by SirHacksalot]

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran will offer cash incentives to travel agencies to encourage Western tourists to visit the country, giving a premium for Americans, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The Islamic republic's political leadership has been trying to reach out to ordinary Americans to show that a standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions is with the Bush administration -- not U.S. citizens.

The latest initiative comes as the United Nations Security Council deliberates a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran for its disputed nuclear program.

"Iran's tourism department will pay $20 per person to those who attract European or American tourists to the country," the agency on Tuesday quoted Mohammed Sharif Malakzadeh, deputy head of the department, as saying.

Visitors from other countries would earn travel agents $10 per tourist, Malakzadeh said.

I don't know about you guys, but I can't even stand to get into a taxicab with Iranians/Iraqi/ME people...I couldn't imagine being surrounded by them.


Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:37:52 AM EST
I was going to go to St. Croix this winter, but Iran sounds like a great getaway!

Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:40:01 AM EST
Can't wait for the regime change-it'd be cool to see Persepolis.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:44:50 AM EST
I'd love to see the country, but it ain't happening with those wackjobs around.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:46:12 AM EST
And when you go to Iran they give you a complementary carpet to kneel on before you are beheaded with a large rusty sword
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:52:59 AM EST
oh GREAT, a bonus so you can go an get taken hostage.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:53:35 AM EST
Yeah, importing hostages.....................
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:53:45 AM EST

Originally Posted By SWATsnip3r:
And when you go to Iran they give you a complementary carpet to kneel on before you are beheaded with a large rusty sword

+1, no fucking thanks...
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:53:52 AM EST
quick, someone post the "its a trap" photo
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:54:16 AM EST
a whole $20
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 6:57:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/2/2006 7:38:43 AM EST by Hiwathl]
$20 to lure a westerner to your 3'rd world beadey eyed dictator dump,,,,,make me Laugh.Gee thats a vacation destination

Link Posted: 11/2/2006 7:12:42 AM EST
Quick... somebody post the "It's a trap" picture from starwars.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 7:12:43 AM EST
I’ve liked all the Persian people I’ve met. But then the ones I’ve met are the ones that fled Iran to get away from the religious nutjobs that were taking over the country.

So, if Persian Muslims think they need to flee Iran I would have to be a complete idiot to want to travel there.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 7:24:44 AM EST
I remember seeing a trevelogue on Iran back in the mid 70s. it looked like an interesting place to visit back then. there's no fucking way I'd go there right now though.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 7:29:15 AM EST
I'd love to go to Iran and see Persepolis, Tehran, etc. again. It was great back in the '70s when the Shah was in power (if you were an American of course; not so much if you were Persian...). Very liberal place - they had nightclubs, bars, etc.
Link Posted: 11/2/2006 7:32:41 AM EST
How much can be made if we send in the Marines...
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