Tourism Higher Education in Iran: Past, Present and Future Directions

  • Siamak SeyfiEmail author
  • Adel Nikjoo
  • Masoud A. Samimi
Part of the Perspectives on Asian Tourism book series (PAT)


This chapter presents an overview of tourism higher education and its structure in Iran and probes challenges facing tourism training in the Iranian higher education system. The study underlines the importance of tourism education in delivering the quality of service that is necessary for Iran, particularly in the wake of a rapid growth of inbound tourism following the relaxation of sanctions in the light of landmark nuclear agreement of 2015 known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This study used the documentary survey along with the Delphi technique conducted with 20 stakeholders including tourism academia, practitioners and government representatives as well as current tourism students and graduates to obtain in-depth information describing the challenges facing tourism higher education in Iran along with its future directions. Thematic analysis was then used for the data analysis. The results of the study suggest that without an appropriate tourism education policy, along with cooperation between stakeholders and structural reforms in curricula, the desired economic and social benefits of tourism will not be realised. Finally, the study concludes with policy recommendations for overcoming tourism’s higher education challenges and future directions for improving the quality of higher education in tourism in Iran.


Tourism higher education Human resource management Service quality Developing countries Delphi technique 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pantheon-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance
  2. 2.Shandiz Institute of Higher EducationMashhadIran

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