Teheran Iran Intercontinental Hotel
French leisure group Accor has opened two hotels in Tehran as part of an expected tourism boom after agreeing on its nuclear programme. The two new hotels, one of the world's best-known chains, are to open as Iran seeks to improve its infrastructure in anticipation of a "big rush" of foreign tourists. Connected by a series of roads, bridges, railways and other infrastructure, they are ideally positioned to attract both domestic and foreign business travelers and tourists, according to the hotel chain.
In the capital Tehran, two more Rayhaan hotels will open in 2018, one with 210 rooms, which houses the world's largest hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and the other, a 200-room hotel. The Rotana Hotel, based in the United Arab Emirates, has hotels in Dubai, Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi, as well as a number of other locations.
The Torenj Marine Hotel is considered Iran's first above-water villa resort, and the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran is the first of several hotels to open in Tehran this year. The Gran Melia Ghoo Hotel, which is located on the Ghoos Middle East Diamond and was developed in Iran, is under construction. It will open in 2018, just as Iran is opening up to international visitors and businesses. Next to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tehran, a new 200-room hotel of the same name with 100 suites and a glass restaurant will open next year, as will two other Rayhaan hotels.
The French operator Accor SA has opened the Novotel Ibis, Air Iran is the customer and owner. It has a lease for the existing Sheraton Hotel with around 250 rooms and a contract for the construction of a new hotel with 200 rooms in Tehran.
The Iranian architectural firm Bonsar has presented its clients with the first prize of the Tehran Business Hotel Competition. At that time, the Shah of Iran was in power and there were plans to present him with the draft plan. The hostages were not allowed to leave Iran until the day Jimmy Carter left the White House, and even the release of Khomeini's hostages was portrayed as a triumph. Iranian students who occupied the embassy confirmed their loyalty to the Shah and his regime by staying in New York.
After foreign hotel groups showed the first signs of interest in the Islamic Republic, the French subsidiary of Accor launched the Novotel Ibis in Tehran in 2009. Melia Hotels International, which has hotels in destinations such as Tenerife and Thailand, is the first hotel group in Iran to open a five-star hotel in the country for over 35 years. The 84-room Aramis Boutique Hotel, which offers a mix of high-quality and affordable hotel rooms and suites, opened in December, while President Hassan Rouhani and his wife Mehdi severed the ribbon at the lavish Espinas Palace Hotel in January.
Iran's tourism industry has suffered in recent years as Iran is more isolated internationally because of its nuclear program. President Jimmy Carter has said that Iran's new leaders will work to slowly ease restrictions on foreign travel to the country, such as a ban on flights from the United States to Iran. The world's first five-star hotel, the Royal Palace Hotel, operated in Iran until 1979, but came to a halt after the revolution that ended the Shah's rule and ushered in the Islamic Republic under Ayatollah Khomeini.
Diplomats say a breakthrough remains uncertain, but there is little doubt that an agreement aimed at removing restrictions on Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons, which Iran denies it has any intention of doing, would bring about an agreement with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, and the European Union.
Few missile experts believe that this new claim of an imminent Iranian ICBM will change Dempsey's mind or that of others, but the Israelis are likely to hype it up to such an extent that their American friends will regard it as all the more acute. The irony is that it has taken so long for Iran to conduct truly sophisticated missile tests.
Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told CNBC on Wednesday that Iran was capable of launching missiles at New York, Boston and Washington. An Iran-style deal may not work with North Korea, which has much more advanced weapons and is unlikely to accept the monitoring steps provided for in the Iran deal, said Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
Israel has lobbied against the proposed deal with Iran, saying it offers Tehran too much for too little. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and US Secretary of State John Kerry hinted at a possible solution over the weekend: that Iran could insist on its own right to enrich uranium without others having to explicitly acknowledge it. The FCO's decision to reopen the British embassy despite its refusal to allow travel to Iran has encouraged more Britons to consider going to Iran, said Sir David Davis, head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Middle East and North Africa division.