18 December 2012 3:41 pm | | 3


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French hotel operator Accor 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 Gérard Pélisson, president and founder of Accor.

Elodie Woillez, a corporate communication manager at Accor, confirmed to Tunisia Live that Pélisson is visiting Tunisia and will stay until next week.

“We 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,” the minister said in the same statement.

Pélisson 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.

Pélisson’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.

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  1. Nikki says:

    Good, International investment to hopefully provide decent jobs, where people get paid on time and treated correctly. Might also push hotels in a better direction when it comes to standards and quality which will also be great for Tunisia’s image and attract more tourists and income. A step in the right direct :)

    • Mark says:

      Anything that helps Tunisia is a good thing….it is a problem when these companies employ local managers who then introduce nepotism etc so that the people at the lower end of the scale are still not treated correctly. However maybe ACCORD will train people at the highest level to watch for these practices and not allow it……

      There are also other things around tourism that need to be corrected before tourism is embraced again….New hotels do not change other aspects of service generally mainly to their own people first

  2. Ahmed says:

    Tunisian tourism doesn’t need big hotels :)

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