The country’s lack of lodging facilities has long been touted as a major factor hampering Iran’s efforts to become a top tourist destination, and those involved in the industry have consistently called for the easing of investment regulations to attract foreign investors.Financial Tribune reported, president of Tehran Hotels Association, Ali Farrokhmehr, said five hotels will be completed by October, two of which are hotel apartments.
“Out of the 50 hotels, five to seven will be five-star establishments,” he said, adding that Tehran needs 100 more hotels, not 50.
ICHHTO Obstructing Progress
He pointed to hotel construction projects in other provinces and said while projects are underway all over the country, emphasis has been put on metropolises such as Isfahan, Mashhad and Shiraz.
Farrokhmehr stressed the need to facilitate investment and criticized Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization for failing to do that.
“The private sector has been actively trying to build more hotels, but the organization’s insistence on exerting full control over hotels goes against the principles of privatization,” he said.
ICHHTO constantly issues directives aimed at limiting the private sector’s control over hotel management and restricting the association’s influence over these establishments.
“They claim they are committed to developing tourism, but their actions only serve to hinder progress,” he said.
“Tourism’s bright future envisioned by the private sector is fading.”
Farrokhmehr said the Health Ministry is cooperating with his association to place health professionals in hotels, and revealed that the two bodies are constructing a 200-billion-rial ($6 million) facility to train and educate health professionals, expected to be inaugurated by October.