She was saddened by the reduced number of visitors this year, perhaps due to misinformation about Iran, which has had a negative impact on the local economy. The U.S. sanctions have made life harder for the people, but with the government subsidizing food and other services, Iran is actually a low-cost destination for foreign tourists.
Everywhere we went, the people were welcoming and helpful, curious to know where we were from, and what we thought of their country. Contrary to the misinformation, Iran is a safe place to travel.
We were all impressed by the friendliness and honesty of the people, the stunning beauty of the architecture and natural landscapes, and the rich history and culture of the past and present. Iran has a young population, with the hope of evolving and prospering in the future, if spared the ravages of war.
CORRECTION: My apologies for an earlier mistake in the first paragraph, which has now been corrected to more than 80 countries. (Bruce)