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Swiss Hotel School to Open Isfahan Campus

Swiss Hotel School to Open Isfahan CampusSwiss Hotel School to Open Isfahan Campus

Prestigious Swiss hospitality school Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (Lausanne Hotel School) announced on Saturday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Iranian firm to open a campus in Isfahan.

Speaking at the International Travel and Hospitality Conference (February 20-22), Andre Mack, the director of Lausanne Hospitality Consulting and a faculty member at EHL, said the school had signed an MOU with Iranian investment firm Atiyeh Saba, a subsidiary of the Civil Servants Pensions Fund, to the Iran Hospitality Learning Center and Academy in Isfahan, which is a tourist hub.

“Opening what we aim to be a center of excellence demonstrates our commitment to provide a first-class academic education and open a new chapter in the hospitality industry not only in Iran but also in the region,” CSPF managing director, Mahmoud Esmaeilian, said in a press release sent to the Financial Tribune.

This is welcome news for both travelers and professionals involved in the tourism and hospitality industries. Iran’s ambition to become a global tourism hotspot is hampered by the lack of an efficient and modern hospitality industry. Many hotels are run by under-qualified managers and guests are served by untrained staff.

Last month, during President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to France, Tehran and Paris signed a number of agreements, one of which included the training of Iranian hotel managers and staff by French experts.