Al-Arabia Real Estate (ARCO) signed a contract to operate 3 hotels with Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) on Thursday. The contract was signed between Ayman Ibrahim, ARCO’s executive manager, and Frank Naboulsi, Fairmont’s regional vice president.
Two of the planned hotels will be located in Citystars Al Sahel, one with a capacity of 350 rooms operated by Fairmont, and the other will include 360 rooms and be operated by Swissôtel. The other hotel will be located in Citystars Sheikh Zayed and will be operated by Fairmont. Moreover 550 hotel-operated apartments and 250 hotel-operated villas in Citystars Al Sahel are to be run by both Fairmont and Swissôtel.
“We are very pleased to sign different properties in Sahel and 6th of October City,” Naboulsi said. “We believe that the Egyptian government is committed to restoring tourism to its previous state. Egypt has great potential to grow since it has over 33% of the world’s historic sites.”
When asked if the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) decision to float the currency will carry a positive effect on tourism and hotels, Naboulsi called the flotation a double edged sword. Although the flotation will likely attract more tourists, it will also result in additional operating costs for the hotels as well. He was confident, however, that the currency will eventually balance out.
He added that FRHI is eager to operate everywhere in Egypt, wherever there is a chance for development of any successful and beneficial projects for both Egypt and FRHI.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) is the result of the merger of three leading hotel brands under one banner in 2006. From the merger of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts emerged a global hotel management company that today boasts over 105 hotels in 33 countries with more than 47,000 employees.