Best Western to open its 1st hotel in Iraq
Bangkok, May 28, 2011
Best Western International, a leading international hotel chain, has announced its plans to open its first hotel in Erbil, with construction expected to start in September.
A signing ceremony for Best Western Premier Erbil Hotel was recently by Glenn de Souza, Best Western International’s vice president international operations – Asia & the Middle East, and Halgord Azzo, CEO of Golden Mountains Company, owner of Best Western Premier Erbil Hotel.
“There are many positive points which have triggered the interest of Best Western in Iraq for its next step of brand expansion. Compared to other countries in the region, Iraq holds good promise when considering the economy, the people, the salaries and financial resources,” said de Souza.
“It is a promising destination that holds vast potential as both a major business centre and a fascinating tourism spot. With Best Western Premier Erbil Hotel, the destination will benefit from the global sales and marketing reach, revenue generation and promotional power enjoyed by Best Western.”
The hotel, due to open in the second quarter of 2014, will be built in a prime location close to the recently built international airport, a statement said.
Erbil was a natural choice for Best Western’s first Iraq property. The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, it is the country’s fourth largest city and a prominent trading centre with key road links out of the country.
The hotel will offer 160 rooms in standard, junior suite, deluxe suite and executive suite categories - all appointed with the likes of free satellite TV, direct dial telephone, wireless internet access, tea/coffee set and 24 hour room service.
The hotel’s facilities will include a restaurant, lobby lounge, spa, meeting and conference facilities and a casino. – TradeArabia News Service