When facing a great deal of Iran travel agents, it is easy for tourists to fall into some travel traps such as fake or low-quality tour services, insufficient time and shopping traps. In order to avoid these traps as much as possible, we suggest you choose a qualified travel agent like MysteryOfIran.com with large-scale and standardized administration. Here are some typical traps for your reference:
Nowadays there are numbers of travel services in Iran claiming that they are the leading tour operators in the country. However, how should we distinguish the real one from the fake one?
Hereunder are some practical tips:
A leading tour operator, such as MysteryOfIran.com
, must be a legal one, who definitely has been authorized corresponding licenses and other related documents to run not only business but also tourist business; a leading tour operator should have been accepted by the authoritative organizations in the tourism industry; a leading company must have been professional, experienced and able to offer high-level services; a leading company must be reliable ; a leading company may have got numerous media recommendations. One may tell if the tour operator is a real leading one by those mentioned means.
Some companies offer a very low price. Can we believe them and book those tours?
Tour price is a very important factor, but please do not only compare the price. Just like an old Iranian saying: the higher is the price the better is the quality of the merchandise. Some operators offer quite a low price, while they are unable to provide an international standard service, even worse they break their promises. MysteryOfIran.com organizes special tailor-made tours in Iran at customers’ preference; it keeps promises and never charges hidden fees; it offers distinctive a la carte menus and holds family visit activities, etc. Please be reassured those quality and considerate services are certainly worth the money.
How to tell if an Iranian company is real or not?
Below are some tips for your convenience:
By Business License
If a company is real, it must have been authorized to receive a Business License by the local Administration for Industry and Commerce and it can be found out on the related Administration for Industry and Commerce website via the Business License number, the name of the company or the enterprise legal person. Please note that most Administration for Industry and Commerce websites do not have English versions, you may ask for help from someone who knows Farsi ( Iranian language )
. Besides, due to some unknown reasons, some companies cannot be found out on the related website, you may then need to have someone went to the local Administration for Industry and Commerce to check it for you. Also, there are some companies or websites that made fake Business License using Photoshop and showed them to clients. Therefore it’s so hard to understand the status of the company just by looking at there license
By Contact Information
If a company is real, usually it has a clear office address which can be easily confirmed by searching on the online map or writing to the address. At least one fixed telephone number is available, not a mobile phone number. Have you ever met a legal and renowned company with only a mobile number? Be careful! Those companies boasting 24-hour service but only leaving mobile numbers are probably cheaters.
By Supported languages
An international company with a reliable and professional team always shows you high-quality website design and a multi-language platform to give clients from different country access to their services. They communicating in Different Languages with clients. Low rate or even fake companies cannot afford such expensive things. If a company has supported one or two languages, be careful and think twice!
We meet some “warm-hearted” guy speaking simple English offers us cheap tea, coffee, or services, should we follow him?
No! The response is definitely no!
A normal tea house or coffee shop will never attract customers in this way. This is a typical travel trap, and travelers, especially foreigners will always end up with being ripped off hundreds of Dollars!
The scenario is that you will meet someone on the street. He speaks simple English and seems very warm-hearted. He says he is an art student and there is an exhibition of his school, and it is FREE. You are taken to a shabby hotel on a narrow and back lane, and you find there is no art exhibition but some bruisers force you to buy things you don’t want.
Another situation will be that a nice girl comes to talk to you on a roadside. She says she is an English major student and she and some classmates want to practice oral English. At first, you will have a pleasant conversation. Then she invites you to a nearby tea house or coffee shop to meet her classmates. No one shows and she will ask you to order some tea or coffee first (she may use some tricks to make you order expensive foods), then she excuses herself and goes to the bathroom. After waiting for 20 minutes, you realize something goes wrong. However, you have to pay for the tea or foods if you want to leave. The prices are usually hundreds of times of normal prices.
Also normally Iranian people are so hospitable and friendly and even some of them may give you some free gifts and want you to remember them or call them whenever you visit Iran again. You will realize that as soon as you visit Iran. But we feel you need to know some exceptions.