French Hotel Chains open in Iran

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French leisure group Accor is to open two hotels in Iran, in one of the first moves by international operators into an expected tourism boom in the countryfollowing the deal over its nuclear programme.Two of Accor’s best known chains – Ibis and Novotel – are to open next month at Tehran’s international airport, as Iran scrambles to improve its infrastructure ahead of what one tour operator described as a big onslaught of foreign tourists.The hotels are the latest signs of rapprochement between Iran and the west following the nuclear agreement struck in Vienna earlier this summer, which has paved the way for European investments, even though sanctions are yet to be officially lifted. A large number of French firms, such as Total and Peugeot, are also expected to travel to Iran later this month.

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