Regent Holidays has created a new position for an Iran product manager, following growing interest in travel to the country since the FCO’s travel advice was relaxed and the British Embassy in Tehran reopened.

Marianne Grimshaw, who has worked in travel for the past ten years, started in her new role in July and will oversee the introduction of four new trips to the country for the operator, who is one of the few UK operators to offer tours to Iran.

Grimshaw visited the country in 2014 when the FCO still advised against travel and said: “It is the friendliest country I have ever visited. I was welcomed in to the houses of friends and family of my guide and these were some of the highlights of my trip. I would recommend that everyone visits the desert city of Kashan, famous for its roses and beautiful Qajar houses, as well as the Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz. Hafez is the nation’s favourite poet and locals gather there every evening to enjoy the gardens and read poetry to each other.”

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