Atyeh Saba Investment Company partners with Suisse’s 123-year-old École hôtelière de Lausanne
news / / Feb 20, 2016
Tehran, 20 Feb, 2016 – Atiyeh Saba Investment Company (ASIC), the multidisciplinary holding company and subsidiary of the Civil Servants Pension Fund of Iran, has announced today its partnership with Ecole Hôtelière De Lausanne (EHL), the world oldest and most respected hospitality school founded in 1893, to open Iran Hospitality Learning Center and Academy (IHLCA) in Isfahan, which will start delivering it’s courses to the Iranian market within the third quarter of 2016. The announcement marks an important milestone in Iran’s development into a premier tourism destination while demonstrating ASIC’s commitment to develop high level hospitality education as the country opens to influx of tourists and business visitors.
Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Mahmood Eslamiyan, Managing Director of the Civil Servant Pension Fund said: “We are delighted to partner with Ecole Hôtelière De Lausanne, the world leader in hospitality education, in realising Iran Hospitality Learning Centre and Academy in the city of Isfahan. This milestone illustrates our commitment to provide a first-class academic education and open new chapter in the hospitality industry not only in Iran but also in the region”
“Opening what we aim to be a centre of excellence, demonstrates our promise to create opportunities for Iranian talents to play a major role in leading the tourism industry growth and contribute to positioning their beloved country as a leading hospitality destination.” Added Eslamiyan.
IHLCA, which will provide vocational, academic and seasoned programmer, will act as permanent institute that will be dedicated to elevate hospitality services standards for hotel employees of Iran Touring and Tourism Investment Company (ITTIC), a subsidiary of ASIC, as well as Iran’s hospitality community members at large. The Centre will serve the urgent needs of the anticipated boom in the Iranian tourism sector as well as the requirements of international hotel operators that are soon to start to operate from the Iranian market.
Mr. Ahmad Reza Nikkar Esfahani, CEO of Atiyeh Saba Investment Company commented on this announcement: “As Iran opens its arms to the world, we are committed to provide our guests with the best in class services across all tourism and hospitality sectors. Iran is on track to grow a very successful tourism industry, and we are confident in our capability to develop tourism and hospitality services that soon to be as profitable as our oil industry”.
Mr. Olivier Verschelde, Senior Consultant at Lausanne Hospitality Consulting, the representative arm of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne commented: “These are exciting times for us, we are happy with this venture that comes as the country opens more for international visitors. I congratulate ASIC leadership and efforts; while, in turn, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne will play its part in delivering a world-class school of which both Isfahan and Iran will be proud.”
Founded in 1893, EHL is the world’s first hospitality management school. EHL journey started by Jacques Tschumi, who started the first classes of the Ecole Professionnelle de la Societe Suisse des Hôtelièrs, which would later become EHL, and were given at the Hotel d’Angleterre on the shores of Lake Geneva. Later in 1904 EHL moves into its new dedicated building. Today the school alumni community counts to more than 25,000 members cross 120 countries