There are 2 schools of thought about tourism. One: We should avoid countries we disagree with. Opposite: We should visit to display our humanity and friendship. For some years Americans have been going to Iran (or Cuba or South Africa under apartheid or Chile during the military regime or China during current trade wars).
We know Iranian people are not the same as their government. Frankly with Trump running, are we the same as the perception of ours?
Here is a charming anecdote from Rick Steves: “Once, while stuck in a Tehran traffic jam, the man in the next car asked my driver to roll down his window. He passed over a bouquet of flowers and said, “Give this to the foreigner in your back seat and apologize for our traffic.”
Here is what an article in ThePointsGuy says: ‘During my last assignment to Iran, I covered an anti-America protest, where effigies of President Obama and American flags were being burned. I thought the protesters would be openly hostile to me. Instead, I found the opposite was true. When I told people I’d come from America, they responded with things like “Welcome to Iran” and “Thank you for visiting here.”
Here is what my friends Roy and Rachel said last year: “Everyone was friendly, we even visited some private homes of friends of friends. We never felt we were treated differently from European tourists. Iranians openly chatted with us everywhere we went.”