This event is made possible by the gracious support of H.E. Dr. Mohammad Khazaei, Deputy Minister and President of the Organization for Investment, Economic and Technical Assistance of Iran


H.E. Dr. Massoud Soltanifar, Former President of Iran Cultural, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) and Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports

IHTIC Launches in Iran

The first Iran Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (IHTIC) will be held at the Parsian Evin Hotel, Tehran in Iran on 7-8 February 2017.

IHTIC will attract an international audience of senior figures and decision-makers involved in all aspects of hotel and tourism investment in Iran. The conference will focus on hotel development and tourism attraction in Iran. Join us in Tehran and hear from the regions industry experts on the opportunities available in the region, find out what lessons they have learnt about doing business in the country and how they have overcome development and operational challenges. Find out how government is stimulating foreign investment into the country, what incentives and projects are available.

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Why Iran?

Under the 2025 Tourism Vision plan Iran is expecting to increase the number of tourism arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 10 million by 2019. The Tourism Organization of Iran also seeks to attract 20 million foreign tourists annually by 2025. The 4.8 million tourists brought around $6.5 billion in revenue to the country despite all sanctions and limitations. It is expected that by 2025, the country will receive $30 billion from tourism income.

Only 13 out of the 96 hotels in Tehran are classified as four and five-star, although it is widely acknowledged that these would not meet internationally recognized standards for these classifications. In 2014, AccorHotels became the first International Hotel Group to enter the market since the 1979 revolution. Iran has a lot to offer both commercially and culturally and there is huge growth potential in the country.

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"We firmly believe in Iran’s tourism potential. We’re trying to be a pioneer in this market. We started in Cuba 25 years ago. We’re trying to do the same in Iran."

Gabriel Escarrer, CEO, Melia Hotels

"There is an enormous potential for development of our brands in this country of nearly 80 million inhabitants whose economy is growing fast."

Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AccorHotels

Focussed Networking


Online networking:

Initiate contact with attendees before the event


Networking Receptions:

Discuss the topical issues in an informal setting


Sponsor Exhibition:

Meet the key stakeholders in the market

"Iran has a lot to offer commercially and culturally; trade has been phenomenal there."

Omer Kaddouri, Executive VP & Chief Executive, Rotana

World class sponsors

IHTIC’s sponsors are experts in the field of hotel & tourism investment. They are at the forefront of the industry and leading the way in Iran.

If you are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities please contact:
Matthew Weihs, +44 (0)7858 511012