It is hoped that the removal of sanctions against Iran in light of its progression over its nuclear case can provide a positive outlook to its tourism industry.
Accor, which is Europe’s largest hotel group, has already constructed two four-star hotels at Imam Khomeini International Airport outside the Iranian capital.
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And Rotana are set to open four hotels in the next two years, two in the city of Mashhad set to be completed by the end of 2017, and two in Tehran due to open in 2018.
Amin Dakkak, corporate director of marketing & communications told MailOnline Travel: ‘Rotana was the first hotel management company to announce its expansion plans in the Iranian market, after signing the management agreement in March 2013 for four properties currently under development, all of which will be opened under the company’s alcohol-free brand “Rayhaan Hotels & Resorts” by Rotana.
Rotana’s first two hotels are set to open in the city of Mashhad – including this 362 room hotel in 2017. A 275 room hotel will follow in 2018
AVIATION IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED
Iran needs more than 400 new passenger planes to compensate for shortages due to sanctions over the past three decades.
Of its 250 passenger planes, 100 are currently grounded because of lack of spare parts. The remaining 150 ageing aircraft need to be renovated.
‘We need to renovate our air transportation system and buy new planes after sanctions are lifted. But this will be time-consuming,’ said Masoud Soltanifar, who is also Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization chief.
‘The first two hotels are set to open in the city of Mashhad – a 362 room hotel in 2017 followed by a 275 room hotel in 2018.
‘In Tehran, Rotana will launch two further Rayhaan properties by 2018 – a five-star hotel will house 194 rooms and a four-star hotel will include 210 rooms.
‘With the lifting of sanctions, we are sure that all developers and operators will be racing to secure their position in one of the world’s largest untapped markets.’
Soltanifar was speaking at the official opening of Iran’s biggest five-star hotel, the Espinas Palace hotel, Tehran.
It has been constructed on a 15,000 sq metre site and sports restaurants and cafes, conference halls, and a 2,500 seat concert hall.
With improved relations, Iran’s beaches, breathtaking Islamic architecture and incredible food could see the country soar to the top of the ‘must-visit’ destinations of 2016.
Soltanifar said President Hassan Rouhani’s moderate policies and the easing of visa rules are opening the door for the return of foreign tourists to Iran.
Source: The Daily Mail