Algeria to float hotel renovation tender

hotel Gary BembridgeUsing foreign expertise to renovate hotels will help Algiers compete in the global tourism sector. (Image source: Gary Bembridge/Flickr)The government of Algeria will announce the tender for the renovation and rehabilitation of six four and five star hotels in West Algiers as part of a project that has been estimated to cost around US$1bn

The tender will be floated on 20 August 2013, according to a government notice.

Province of Algiers director of tourism, Mohamed Al Saleh ben Aakmoum, said, “The process will determine the foreign partner who will assist the ministry of tourism and traditional industries of Algeria in the renovation project, which is scheduled to be concluded within a year.” 

Aakmoum added that the government has planned to complete 713 projects in the hospitality sector in the next two years, including the construction of 484 hotels in major cities such as Algiers, Oran, Annaba and Constantine, as well as 230 tourism projects in the desert area.

University of Algiers Economics professor Massoud Mejitna said, “Using foreign expertise to renovate hotels is a great move for Algiers. It will allow the province to compete against luxury hotels across Europe and bring more tourists into the country.”

The Algerian government will aim to increase the total number of tourist arrivals to 3.5mn by the end of 2013.

The government’s plans include bringing international best practices to the local hospitality industry, as well as promoting knowledge and technology transfer in the country.

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