Iran’s Tourism Financial Group signed a contract with AccorHotels, an International hotel group based in France, for the management of a four-star and a five-star hotel at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.
In the signing ceremony of financial agreement with AccorHotels in Tehran, Chairman and CEO of Iran’s Tourism Financial Group, stated: “We believe that the expertise of international hotel groups leads to the promotion of domestic standards, the level of services in the country’s hospitality industry, and subsequently the business value added in this sector.
Emphasizing that the tourism industry can properly solve the country’s concerns, he added: “Tourism accounts for a great portion of the market share in Iran’s National Development Plan and there are bright opportunities for this sector in the post-sanction era.
Also pointing to a history of more than 40 years of cooperation between the French and Iranian parties, Jahangiri continued: “The AccorHotels Group assisted its Iranian partner, when under sanction, and paved the way for the post-sanction era. Today, we are witnessing the signing of the cataract of agreement for the formal delegation of a four-star and a five-star hotel at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport to our French partner.
Expressing his hope for the beginning of a major development in Iran’s tourism industry due to the presence of this esteemed brand, he stated: “Imam Khomeini Airport hotel complex has won Iran’s superior design award. We expect that tens of thousands of beds will be available by the government’s support of the private sector.
Pointing out that Imam Khomeini Airport hotel complex was constructed under inflation conditions of higher than 40%, Jahangiri averred: “We were supposed to invest 700 billion Rials in this project. But after constructing these two hotels and equipping them with advanced hotel facilities, the amount of investment increased to 2,600 billion Rials.”
Emphasizing that the private sector must become more and more active in Iran’s hospitality industry, especially in the tourism sector, he added: “With the efforts of its domestic experts, Iran’s Tourism Financial Group succeeded in constructing these two hotels at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport in three years and a half.
Pointing out that the operation of newly-constructed hotels at Imam Khomeini Airport, namely NOVOTEL and IBIS, will begin on World Tourism Day in October 2015 by the AccorHotels Group, Jahangiri stated: “Currently, the AccorHotels Group has the responsibility of managing 71 hotels in the Middle East including 17,300 rooms”.
Later in the event, Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor Hotels, averred: “We are pleased to have signed this contract of financial agreement with Iran’s Tourism Financial Group. We are sure that NOVOTEL and IBIS will follow the increasing pace of development in Iran’s hospitality sector.
According to Sébastien Bazin, Iranian brands focus on the country’s enormous development capacity, a country with a population estimated at 80 million and a developing economy. He added: “Our goal is to develop a large network in Iran through a set of our global brands”.
Currently, the AccorHotels Group has the responsibility of managing 71 hotels in different sectors at the level of medium scale enterprises in ten Middle Eastern countries including Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen Arabic
It is noteworthy that NOVOTEL and IBIS hotels were constructed by Semga and Aria Ziggurat companies with the support of Tourism Bank and were operated in March 2015. Tourism Bank and Semga Company are known internationally as two official members of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the serve the country in line with development of the hospitality industry and tourism.
Broadcasted on September 16, 2015 in the News section
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