SOFITEL to open in Damascus, Syria

French hotel group Accor has signed an agreement to operate a five star hotel under the SOFITEL brand in Damascus, the capital city of Syria. The hotel is part of a larger mixed use tower building (offices, residential) which is set to be completed, in stages, by 2015. The hotel is developped through a strategic partnership between the Syrian Tourism Ministry and the largest Syrian private holding.

This is part of a series of new projects which the Accor Group pursues in the Middle East, Syria and Saudi Arabia being among the countries with the greatest potential, according to the company’s development director. Sofitel operates 4 locations in the Middle East: one in Beirut (Lebanon), one in Dubai (U.A.E.) and three in Saudi Arabia.

Currently, there are two five star hotels in the capital city of Damascus, Syria – the Four Seasons and the Sheraton. Three  new five star hotels are currently under construction in Damascus: Moevenpick, InterContinental and Rotana (Yasmeen).