Re: Recommendation of Abgin Tours of Persia, LTD.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to recommend to you Mr. Ali Oveissi's Iranian inbound tour company, Abgin Tours of Persia Ltd. My recommendation is wholehearted and without reservation.

Australians Studying Abroad (founded 1977) is Australia's oldest and largest educational and cultural tour company, running up to fifty study tours per annum to some forty countries. Many of these tours are operated in conjunction with eight of Australia's premier universities. Australians Studying Abroad is the recipient of a number of important academic grants and awards, including two major Australian Research Council grants, the most important academic grants given by the Australian government.

Australians Studying Abroad (ASA) is fiercely protective of its high educational and operational standards and therefore only deals with impeccable operators in the countries we visit. For six years ASA has commissioned Abgin Tours of Persia to operate its popular tour entitled Iran: Art and Culture of the Persians. ASA is now expanding its work with Abgin, which will operate a new program, Architecture of Iran. This tour, operated by ASA in conjunction with the Architecture Faculty, University of Melbourne, is accepted for professional development points by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. A third tour highlighting Persia's beautiful gardens will be operated by ASA in 2007. This program was developed by Mr. Oveissi, using his deep knowledge of his country and his excellent academic contacts in Iran.

Over the last six years, Mr. Ali Oveissi of Abgin tours has maintained an extraordinarily high standard in operating ASA tours of Iran. He has my complete trust because he is impeccably honest, uses Iran's best qualified guides, such as the President of the Iranian Guides Association. Mr. Oveissi, who personally conducts our tour, takes infinite care in ensuring the very best experience for our travelers. He, in fact, constantly offers added services at no extra cost, which are unexpected but greatly appreciated by our clients.

Mr. Oveissi and his guides are highly qualified and well-educated, speak fluent English, and understand completely the educational needs of a tour company such as ours. Mr. Oveissi has collaborated with me in writing articles on Iranian music, has spoken about Iranian culture on Australian government radio, and has enriched our tour programs with excellent advice. Mr. Oveissi also understands completely the intellectual and practical needs of English-speaking travelers. He has collaborated with us in research and writing of ASA's tour handbooks that are accepted as important educational texts in Australia.

Should you be considering a tour of Iran, I can therefore recommend Abgin Tours of Persia to you as a service provider of the very highest quality and understanding, which will go to extraordinary ends to make your program the most exciting possible. Proof of this is in the growth in popularity of ASA's tours to Iran which is due, in large part, to Mr. Oveissi's care and personable treatment of our travelers. All our tour participants have left Iran saying that in Mr. Oveissi they have made a true friend.

Yours sincerely
Christopher Wood Director, Australians Studying Abroad
Fellow, University of Melbourne, Fellow, Monash University
P.O.Box 8285, Armadale, Victoria 3143, Australia

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