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Iran tensions

Hotels empty as tourists shun Iran over geopolitical tensions

Industry hit by protests, plane shootdown and threat of war with US

Demonstrators in Tehran on Jan. 3 hold pictures of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a protest against the killing of Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force.   © Reuters

TEHRAN -- Just a few months ago, travelers from Europe and Australia would sit and sip tea with young locals in the garden of a hostel in central Tehran. Now, the See You in Iran Cultural House is eerily quiet.

"All our rooms have been empty in the past few days," Navid Yousefian, the hostel director, told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Since November, our monthly earnings have declined by 80%."

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