Deputy at the tourism affairs office of Tehran Ali Rafee said that the city authorities are planning to start regular tourist routes run by a double-decker bus, known in the world as Hop-on Hop-off.
One such bus was bought by an Iranian businessman in Sweden and it is currently undergoing customs procedures. There are also plans to hold talks with Iranian car manufacturing plants in order to build six more such buses by March next year. Among other initiatives taken by the city authorities, there is the introduction of specific standards for travel agencies that organize tours to Tehran. For example, the tour guides will be required to have the official permission of the city police and have the legal authority to be guides. Tehran is one of the major tourist destinations in Iran as it is home to about two thousand historical sites.