AccorHotels looks to the market in Iran

by Patrick Ryan | 06 Jul 2017

AccorHotels is determined to make an impact on the market in Iran, says Francois Baudin, senior vice President – development of luxury hotels EMEA for AccorHotels. Baudin was speaking to Hotel News Middle East about his company’s plans for the region and Iran was high on the agenda. “It’s an untapped country, which has huge potential

VIDEO: Accor to launch luxury brands in Iran

by Crystal Chesters | 27 Apr 2017

Speaking on the sidelines of Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) on Wednesday 26 April, Francois Baudin, senior vice president development luxury hotels EMEA at AccorHotels revealed ambitious expansion plans for Iran. The French operator is the first international hotel group to open properties in the country since economic sanctions were lifted in 2015. It currently

Iran tourism conference kicks off

by Patrick Ryan | 07 Feb 2017

More than 300 industry leaders are expected to be in attendance at the inaugural Iran Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (IHTIC). The event takes place in the Iranian capital of Tehran at the Parsian Evin Hotel in Tehran from 7-8 February. Jonathan Worsley, chairman of bench events and founder of IHTIC commented: “The conference is looking set

Increase in visitors as Iran’s tourism appeal grows

by Patrick Ryan | 29 Jan 2017

Iran’s appeal as a destination for global tourists has shot up from this time last year. International arrivals were up by 18.3 per cent from last year, figures released by travel intelligence analyst Forward Keys revealed. The study comes ahead of the first ever Iran Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (IHTIC) which is taking place

Iran to welcome new Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference

by Sophia Soltani | 09 Oct 2016

Iran is set to host the first Iran Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (IHTIC), a top-level gathering of international investors, owners, operators, developers and government officials 7-8 February at the Parsian Evin Hotel in Tehran. Sitting as the eighteenth largest economy in the world, in addition to rich reserves of oil, gas and metals, Iran

First British Airways flight lands in Iran after four years

by Sophia Soltani | 05 Sep 2016

British Airways has started flying directly to Tehran to London Heathrow, following the airline’s return to Iran on Friday 2 September, marking 70 years since British Airways first started flying to the country. The route from Imam Khomeini International Airport is being serviced by six-weekly flights to British Airway’s hub at London Heathrow’s Terminal five.

Meliá Hotels to open Iran’s first international 5-star property

by Sophia Soltani | 06 Mar 2016

Meliá Hotels International has announced its entry into Iran and is set to operate the first international 5-star branded hotel, which will be managed by Gran Melia Goo. The hotel, which is part of the Ghoo, Middle East Diamond, a development being built by Iranian businessman and investor Ahad Azimzadeh in Salman Shahr in the

Scanbox to ramp up investment in the Middle East

by Dina Maaty | 02 Mar 2016

Swedish manufacturer of food holding and transport equipment, Scanbox told Catering News it is looking to invest more in the Middle East region. The company’s carts are popular for hotel lounges, banqueting and external catering events, since they come in a range of sizes and can store hot and cold food simultaneously. “If we look

AccorHotels makes headway in Iran

by Dina Maaty | 18 Sep 2015

  AccorHotels has made a momentous move by becoming the first hotel since 1979 to operate in Iran by signing a management agreement with Aria Ziggurat for its two inaugural properties in Tehran. The new hotels which will be Novotel IKIA with 296 rooms, an economy hotel and ibis IKIA with 196 rooms. Both hotels are strategically

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