Tom Teichmann: Pioneering a New Era in Hospitality Financing with Azqira

Tom Teichmann: Pioneering a New Era in Hospitality Financing with Azqira


In the wake of a crisis, true visionaries appear. Tom Teichmann, CEO and founder of Azqira, is one such individual. Here, we explore how the entrepreneur saw an opportunity to innovate as the hospitality industry grappled with massive challenges.  


In a world where each innovation begins with a crisis, Tom Teichmann and Azqira lead the charge toward a brighter future for hospitality.

“While the world moves forward with technology, hotel financing seems stuck, unchanged for centuries,” Teichmann points out. “The hospitality industry’s worldwide market size is USD 5 trillion, expected to double by 2029. Yet, it hasn’t innovated for decades,” he adds.

Teichmann recognized the lack of innovation and exclusivity in the hospitality sector, where ownership opportunities were often reserved for a privileged few. Furthermore, with experience in tech companies, platforms and marketplaces, Teichmann envisioned a future where hotel ownership benefits are accessible to all.

Moreover, together with co-founder Nawid Habib, who manages real estate businesses in the Netherlands, Teichmann assembled a team of industry experts.

The platform aims to strengthen strategic partnerships and collaboration, especially in the Middle East. Furthermore, Teichmann says: “Just look at the hotel sector there: it boasts world-class hotels and exceptional industry expertise. Moreover, there’s fast execution in terms of innovation. Consequently, we see huge potential to expand our network here.”

Plans for the future

Azqira’s first conference took place at Hotel Altis Avenida in Lisbon in June 2023, introducing the platform to investors worldwide. Subsequently, Azqira boasts over 18,500 pre-registered members and has partnered with 16 hotel owners. Moreover, it has cultivated a community spanning 22 countries.

Indeed, in the last year alone, Teichmann has spoken at conferences in Switzerland, Poland and the UK, including a self-hosted Azqira community event in Lisbon. Additionally, the company was nominated in the Technology Company category for the Leaders of Tourism 2024 award, presented by the Portuguese hospitality magazine TNews.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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