By Amira Masrour | Dec 18 2012Accor , fakhfakh , Gérard Pélisson , main-economy-featured , tourism
French hotel operatorÂ AccorÂ is planning to invest in 20 new hotels in Tunisia and form a partnership with the Institute of Tourism Studies in the Tunis suburb of Sidi Dhrif.
Tunisian Minister of Tourism Ilyes Fakhfakh announced on his official Facebook page that he received today GÃ©rard PÃ©lisson, president and founder of Accor.
Elodie Woillez, a corporate communication manager at Accor, confirmed toÂ Tunisia LiveÂ that PÃ©lisson is visiting Tunisia and will stay until next week.
â€œWe agreed upon establishing a partnership between Tunisia and Accor in two areas: the first relates to investing in new hotels in our country… and the second to joint training between the Institute of Tourism Studies in Sidi Dhrif and the training center of Accor Group in Lyon,â€ the minister said in the same statement.
PÃ©lisson said that Accor would invest in 20 new hotels in Tunisia over the next 10 years, stated Fakhfakh on his Facebook page. Accor, headquartered in Paris, already owns, operates, and franchises around 3,400 hotels in 92 countries.
PÃ©lisson’s visit comes at a time that Tunisia is struggling to bring the number of tourists back to pre-revolution levels.
The Ministry of Tourism was not available for further comment at the time of publication.