Iran concludes its first tourism conference

Iran “exploiting the incredible potential of tourism”
Iran’s first attempt at attracting public and private investments in its tourism industry has concluded. The inaugural International Travel and Hospitality Conference took place on February 20 to 22.
“As Iran seeks to lower its economic dependence on oil, exploiting the incredible potential of tourism becomes a must,” said Ahmad Reza Nikkar Esfahani, CEO of the Atiyeh Saba Investment Company, the event’s organiser. “This conference is a new chapter in training and upgrading the tourism, transportation and hospitality industries.”
Deals announced at the conference included a MoU signed between renowned Swiss hospitality school Ecole hotelière de Lausanne and Atiyeh Saba to open an affiliated campus in Isfahan.
UAE-based Rotana Hotels announced further development plans in Iran with the aim to open four hotels there within the next two years.
Opportunities to develop hybrid car systems, as well as a high-speed rail link between Tehran and Isfahan that can cut travel times between the cities to less than two hours, were also discussed.
Iran wants to increase its number of four- and five-star hotels from 130 to 400 and plans to build seven new international airports over the next decade.
TTG Asia

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