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Somewhere Hotels set to open 200-key KSA property

Somewhere Hotels will be soft opening a 200-room hotel in Al Ahsa, KSA at the end of the year.

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Hilton strengthens its presence in Saudi Arabia

The Hilton Worldwide Group has announced the opening of a hotel under the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand in Saudi Arabia.

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Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts opens second property in Saudi Arabia

The Swissôtel Al Maqam Makkah has 1,624 rooms and is aimed at smart travelers.

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Riyadh leads hotel development in KSA with 50 projects

Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s busiest city for hotel construction with almost 50 hotel projects underway, according to a report.

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Radisson Blu Residence Opens In Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Rezidor Hotel Group has opened its first residence apartments in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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First Hyatt Opens In Riyadh

Hyatt has opened its first branded hotel in the Riyadh region.

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New offer from Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh

FOUR Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre introduces “Sensational Suite Package” that promises to make the guest’s stay truly alluring.

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Saudi's Kingdom sells 100% stake in Accra hotel for $100m

Prince Alwaleed's investment vehicle sells interest in Mövenpick Hotel Ambassador Accra to Mauritius fund

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Assila Hotel new destination for astute food lovers

ASSILA Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel located on Prince Mohamed Bin Abdulaziz Street (formerly known as Tahlia Street) brings to Jeddah an exciting new world of culinary delights exquisitely presented and impeccably served in a choice of three restaurants and two cafés.

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Saudi: Jeddah gets a new smart industrial city

Saudi Arabia is building a smart industrial city in Asfan, Jeddah, covering an area of 500ha.

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Thai hotel group set to launch first Saudi wellness resort

Minor Hotel Group says Anantara Jeddah Resort will offer 226 rooms, 102 villas; set to open in 2019.

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Langham Group to run luxury hotel in Jeddah

Langham Hospitality Group announced an agreement with Advanced Hotels Company to manage a luxury urban hotel in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Saudi’s first Anantara hotel to open in Jeddah

Hotel operator Minor Hotels has announced plans to debut its luxury Anantara brand in Saudi Arabia, with a property in Jeddah.

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Saudi hospitality sector revenue to hit $23.1bn

Saudi Arabia's hospitality industry is set for solid growth as revenues are forecast to reach $23.1 billion by 2020, indicating an annual average growth of 6.2 per cent from 2015, a new report unveiled.

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Emaar ME unveils new residences in Jeddah Gate

Emaar Middle East, a subsidiary of Emaar Properties, launched its third luxury residential project, Emaar Residences, in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Gate.

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JLL: Demand grows for Makkah hotel sector in Saudi

With the entry of international hotel brands like Conrad, Marriott, and Best Western into Saudi Arabia's Makkah, the hospitality sector continues to reflect market confidence, according to a new report.

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Saudi Arabia To Become Regional MICE Leader By 2020

Backed by a growing number of modern facilities and government support, Makkah is set to become a new destination for the MICE tourism industry in Saudi Arabia, according to industry experts.

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Marriott to open new Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Riyadh

Hotel operator Marriott International has announced plans to open a new Four Points by Sheraton property in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh.

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Swiss International announces 2 hotels in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Swiss International enters Riyadh with Swiss International Royal Hotel and Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Metropolitan

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TAKE 10: Standing Out In Saudi

Ismail Sirry, general manager of the recently opened Conrad Makkah lists his top 10 tips on effectively running a hotel in the region. 

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Second Aloft Hotel Opens In Saudi

Aloft Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc has officially opened Aloft Dhahran in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

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Hakkasan to open 5 world-renowned restaurants in KSA

AL Khozama Management Company announced that it is working with the global hospitality company Hakkasan Group

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Rocco Forte’s First Saudi Hotel Set For Mid-November Launch

The first Rocco Forte hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Assila Hotel is due to open for its soft opening in mid November.

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Mövenpick opens third hotel in Jeddah

Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah, a unique European-style property, marks the Swiss brand’s third conquest in one of Saudi Arabia’s fastest-growing cities.

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Dubai's Shuaa hands over first Saudi hotel as part of $145m fund

Shuaa Capital Saudi Arabia says Centro Shaheen Jeddah Hotel is one of three properties being built in Gulf kingdom

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Preferred Hotels & Resorts expands portfolio to Saudi Arabia

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality service provider, continues to expand its Middle East portfolio with the addition of two new five-star hotels in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia To Welcome 20 Million Visitors By 2020

Inbound arrivals to Saudi Arabia will reach over 20 million by 2020, as the religious tourism sector flourishes in line with increasing demand to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the most important religious event of the year in the Muslim world, according to consumer insight firm Canadean.

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Wagamama opens first restaurant in Saudi Arabia

Restaurant chain wagamama has opened a new 280-cover restaurant in Jeddah, its first location in Saudi Arabia.

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Ascott to run 3 more properties in Saudi Arabia

CapitaLand said its wholly-owned serviced residence arm, The Ascott, had clinched contracts to manage another three properties in Saudi Arabia, including its first in the Islamic holy city of Mecca.

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Centro by Rotana makes Saudi debut

Centro Shaheen Jeddah opened its doors last month becoming the first of five Centro by Rotana properties scheduled to open in Saudi Arabia by end of next year. SHUAA Capital is the fund manager and developer of this joint project.

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Saudi Arabia turns to bonds to finance tourism, entertainment, real estate sectors

US theme park giant Six Flags has signed a deal to build amusement parks in Saudi Arabia, with the hopes of encouraging Saudis to spend more money at home.

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Saudi Arabia’s new visa regime comes into effect

Saudi Arabia’s increase in visa fees for travellers is expected to earn the country millions of riyals from pilgrims without dampening tourism figures, say travel industry experts.

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Opens 11th Property In Saudi Arabia

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has officially opened the Mövenpick Hotel City Star Jeddah. The opening marks the group’s 11th hotel in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia needs 8,000 tourist guides by 2030

More than 8,000 tour guides will be required to cope with Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning tourism sector by 2030, an official has said.

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316 hotels forecast to open in Mideast and Africa in ’17

More than 300 new hotels housing almost 85,000 guest rooms are set to open across the Middle East and Africa next year, latest industry figures have revealed.

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Middle East Hotel Development Pipeline Under Contract Up 20.1 Percent YOY for August 2016

Among the countries in the Middle East and Africa, Saudi Arabia reported the most rooms In Construction with 35,611 rooms in 79 hotels. United Arab Emirates followed with 28,082 rooms in 97 hotels.

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Tech-Forward Aloft Brand Launches in Saudi Arabia with Opening of Aloft Riyadh

Aloft Riyadh features the first-ever keyless entry in the country and caters to the hyper-connected global traveller.

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Starwood opens Aloft hotel in Saudi capital Riyadh

Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened its first Aloft-branded hotel in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, it announced on Sunday.

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Rixos Hotels in talks for Saudi Arabia debut

Turkish hospitality group, Rixos Hotels, is currently in talks for potential expansion plans in to new markets including the negotiation of new hotels in Saudi Arabia.

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Dur Hospitality to operate two hotels at Dar Al-Hijrah project in Madinah

The Public investment fund (PIF) represented by the Saudi Real Estate Development Company (Dar Al-Hijrah), and Dur Hospitality, the Saudi company specialised in hotel development and operation through local & international hotel operators, signed two letters of intent (LOI), whereby Dur Hospitality will be operating two hotels at Dar Al-Hijrah project in Madinah.

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Shaza Hotels to expand presence in the Middle East

Shaza Hotels is gearing up for its expansion in the Middle East, with several new hotels in the pipeline in various locations across the region.

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Starwood Hotels Expands Footprint In Saudi Arabia

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide have revealed further expansion plans in Saudi Arabia with the signing of a new Sheraton in the holy city of Makkah.

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2,800 hotel rooms, 11 projects underway

As Jeddah attracts 11% of the total spending of local and foreign tourists in the kingdom, the city is boosting investment in the tourism industry, Arab News reported.

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Growth in tourism for religious purposes segment plays key role in bolstering Saudi Arabia’s ‘post oil’ plan

Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Vision 2030,’ which was announced recently, is receiving a huge boost from the tourism sector with the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage, starting this week. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in Madinah this week before Hajj.

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Tourism spending in Saudi Arabia forecast to hit $38.4bn

Tourism spending in Saudi Arabia is expected to exceed SR144.3 billion ($38.4 billion) this year, according to official forecasts.

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Sheraton Makkah Jabal Al Kaaba Hotel to Open in Saudi Arabia

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced its further expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the signing of a new Sheraton in the holy city of Makkah.

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Saudi Arabia Will Soon Have The World’s Largest Hotel

There are many large hotels around the world but Saudi Arabia will soon have the largest. It is set to open in Mecca next year and will have at least 2,000 more rooms than the biggest hotel in the world today.

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SCTH to open 140 heritage sites as part of reform plan

RIYADH — The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced that it will establish 140 new heritage projects as part of its national reform program plan.

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Swiss International to open hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites

Swiss International proudly announces the opening of Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Metropolitan in Riyadh which is expected to start its operations by the end of 2016.

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Saudi gov't 'approves $6.9bn of tourism, heritage projects'

More than SR26 billion ($6.9 billion) of tourism projects were approved by Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program on Sunday, according to local media.

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Hotel companies in Saudi Arabia raise standards as tourism thrives

Over the last decade, the number of Umrah visitors entering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from all over the world has tripled, recently hitting the impressive eight million mark. This figure is set to increase even further in the coming years, with the Saudi Government ramping up all efforts to enhance the local tourism and hospitality sectors.

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JLL: Saudi Vision 2030 set to boost real estate

With Saudi Vision 2030 pivotal to the diversification and restructuring of the economy in lieu of decreasing oil prices, both Riyadh and Jeddah continue to maintain an overall slowdown in performance, according to JLL.

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Saudi food consumption to grow by 7.3pc

Food consumption in Saudi Arabia will grow by 7.3 per cent in 2016, outperforming other regional markets, according to recent industry reports.

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Saudi Arabia leads Middle East hotel construction drive

Saudi Arabia has the most hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East and Africa, with more than 35,000 being built, according to hospitality analysts STR.

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Centro Shaheen Jeddah, first lifestyle affordable hotel brand in KSA prepares for opening

Rotana, is getting ready to celebrate the opening of its first hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Centro Shaheen Jeddah. Perfectly suited for business and leisure travelers, the Centro Shaheen features 252 modern, stylish, contemporary and affordable rooms and studios.

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Al Zamil, Swiss Int inks Saudi hotel deal

Al Zamil real estate group, an arm of the Zamil Group, has signed an agreement with hospitality chain Swiss International for a new hotel at Al Qassim Touristic City project in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Vision 2030 aims to double hotel sector opportunities

RIYADH: The much-applauded Saudi Vision 2030, which has captured world attention, lends strong support to the hotel and tourism sector as a significant source of revenue, while promising job opportunities in a series of sweeping economic reforms. 

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Saudi Arabia expands hospitality offerings

Saudi Arabia is looking to increasingly attract both international and domestic travellers by expanding its hospitality offerings to offer visitors a greater range of long-stay options, hospitality experts have said.

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FRHI announces two new Fairmont hotels in Morocco and Saudi Arabia

For the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced the development of important new hotel projects in these two dynamic destinations.

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Spiritual hospitality enhanced by a uniquely Saudi touch

Dur Hospitality is ahead of its schedule to invest $400 million in 20 new hotels in Saudi Arabia. Formerly Saudi Hotels & Resorts Co (Sharaco), the company rebranded in 2014 and refocused its efforts to represent the epitome of Saudi hospitality. For example Makarem, its chain of spirituality-focused hotels, has been designed to help Hajj and Umra pilgrims get the most out of their experience in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah. Dur Hospitality’s CEO Dr Badr al Badr explains the company’s rebranding, what constitutes quintessential Saudi hospitality, and the tourism opportunities in Saudi Arabia for foreign investors.

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Louvre to open 40 midmarket hotels, first in Saudi

 

 Louvre Hotels Group is looking to expand its presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by opening 40 budget and economy hotels over the next five years.

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Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Al Tahlia to Open 2017 in Jeddah

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MHR) has revealed plans to open its first hotel and apartment property in Jeddah in 2017 in a bid to meet strong demand for branded extended-stay accommodation in Saudi Arabia's booming seaport city.

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StayWell debuts Park Regis in Saudi Arabia

Australia’s largest privately owned hotel management company StayWell Hospitality Group (SWHG) announced the signing of a management agreement to open and operate the company’s first Park Regis properties in Makkah Saudi Arabia. 

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Hotel giant acquires luxury Saudi private member's club

Hotel giant Rezidor has announced the acquisition of the Nofa Resort and Club, a luxury private member’s club located outside Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.The existing property with 57 luxury villas will join the group in the third quarter of 2016 and will be operated as a members-only resort, the company said in a statement.

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Saudi Arabia sees shift to mid-market hotel sector

The hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia is witnessing a significant shift towards the development of mid-range hotels in 2016, according to a new report.
In a market traditionally dominated by five-star hotels, the new report from TOPHOTELPROJECTS commissioned by The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016 reveals that six out of the top ten brands with the most development currently underway throughout the kingdom are classed as mid-market.

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PPP in Saudi hospitality industry strengthened

RIYADH – Organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) and Dur Hospitality, The Hotel Investment Conference, was held last March 28 March on the sidelines of the Saudi Travel & Tourism Investment Market (STTIM), in partnership with the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) at the Ritz Carlton Riyadh.

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Saudi hotel construction boom being led by Makkah

The holy city of Makkah is leading hotel development in Saudi Arabia with 24,133 rooms currently in the construction pipeline, according to a new report. Riyadh follows with 10,053 rooms and Jeddah with 6,980 rooms under development, with the majority of rooms forecast to open over the next five years, said the report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS commissioned by The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016.

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Saudi Arabia set to see launch of 20,000 new hotel rooms in 2016

A record 47,431 rooms and 124 hotel projects are currently under development in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The majority of projects are in the final construction and pre-opening stages with 52 projects and almost 20,000 rooms set to open to the public throughout the Gulf kingdom this year, said the report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS commissioned by The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016.

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Hospitality industry: Rethinking and reinforcing the strategy

It is not the most exciting of times, economically speaking. Crude prices are spiraling down, hitting the lowest ‘per barrel’ price since 2003. Last year ended with clocking a deficit of $96 billion. 

This year too is set to match it, with an estimated $85 billion deficit. 

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Saudi Arabia to welcome more than 50 new hotels in 2016

A record 47,431 rooms and 124 hotel projects are currently under development in Saudi Arabia, according to a new report.

The majority of projects are in the final construction and pre-opening stages with 52 projects and almost 20,000 rooms set to open to the public throughout the Kingdom this year.

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16K new hotel rooms for Riyadh and Jeddah by 2018

According to reports, a majority of a US $628 billion budget will be allocated to hospitality, to support the expected influx of tourists over the next few years. Inbound tourism to Saudi Arabia is predicted to increase by 13% annually, with Makkah and Madinah alone receiving 25 million visitors by 2020.

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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom’s future assured by US$628 billion budget

This revolution will be neither political nor ideological. Instead, it will come in the form of keys –hundreds of them, representing millions of dollars' worth of investment.

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GCC tourist numbers to Saudi Arabia up 25pc

Saudi Arabia remains a popular destination for GCC tourists, with around 7.4 million visitors entering the kingdom in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2014, according to official data.

 

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Over 5,300 rooms to enter Jeddah hospitality market

Saudi Arabia remains a popular destination for GCC tourists, with around 7.4 million visitors entering the kingdom in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2014, according to official data.

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Hospitality market: Jeddah ‘boasts strong resilience’

JEDDAH: Jeddah’s hospitality market is expected to witness the entry of more than 5,333 hotel keys between 2016 and 2018, primarily represented by 5- and 4-star properties, each accounting for 51 percent and 31 percent of total forthcoming supply, respectively.

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Jobs for Saudi women as cooks, waitresses under study

RIYADH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) is conducting a study to see how Saudi women can be employed in the food and hospitality sector, including as cooks, waitresses and receptionists.

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Averda's presents its commitment to the tourism industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Currently serving over 140 hotels across GCC - United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar - Averda presented the Conclave attendants with an in-depth view of its specialized environmentally tailored solutions, ranging from high-tech recycling services to sorting-at-source training and waste recovery maximisation.

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Carlson Rezidor Brings Radisson RED And A Park Inn By Radisson To Jeddah

Brussels - Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, introduces the lifestyle select brand Radisson Red to Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia: the Radisson Red Makarunah featuring 280 units is scheduled to open in Q2 2018. At the same time, Rezidor announces the mid-scale Park Inn by Radisson Madinah Road: the 84-rooms property will be the first operational Park Inn in Jeddah and welcome the first guests in Q1 2017.

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Elaf Group sees growth in Saudi hospitality sector

JEDDAH - The Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has expressed key confidence in achieving strong growth for 2016 across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) thriving hospitality industry. The upbeat attitude of the company follows after a recent industry report showing that hotels in Makkah and Madinah witnessed strong growth in Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) in 2015. The full-year report states that Makkah experienced a seven percent year-on year (Y-o-Y) increase in RevPAR while hotels in Madinah surged by eight percent.

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From Midwest to Middle East: AmericInn Going International

Beginning this year, the Midwest chain plans to open at least 20 new hotels across the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent over the next five years as part of a long-term commitment to growth.

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Oil price fall to drive growth in Saudi trade

JEDDAH: With the development of economic cities (ECs) occupying a pivotal position in the Saudi economy, the role assumed by the private sector in sharing major part of the work has become all the more important.

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Market Update 2015: Riyadh and Jeddah

As the second largest Arab state (after Algeria), development in the GCC country of Saudi Arabia is unlikely to be limited by lack of space. Constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula, Jeddah, Riyadh, and the religious sites of Makkah and Madinah continue to be key markets for hoteliers.

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Sarovar Hotels to look at expansion opportunities in the Middle East

After Africa, Indian hotel Management Company, Sarovar Hotels will explore opportunities for expansion into Middle East hotel market. In an informal chat, Ajay Bakaya, Executive Director, Sarovar Group said that they have begun initial discussions for expansion into the Middle East market. “Only discussions at the moment. We are keen on replicating the model of India and Africa. We are strong in Africa. Therefore, Middle East can act as a bridge,” he said. 

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180-room Swissôtel Al Khobar Hotel To Open 2019 in Saudi Arabia

Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts yesterday announced that it has entered into an agreement with Mohammed Ibrahim Al Subeaei & Sons Investment Company (MASIC) to manage the 180-room Swissôtel Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Exclusive forecast: hospitality trends for 2016

TRI Consulting associate director Chris Hewett tells Hotelier: “2015 was a challenging year for hoteliers in the region with macroeconomic, currency fluctuations and geopolitical factors all impacting performance levels. With oil prices expecting to remain low and stagnant growth in Europe and Asia, we anticipate 2016 to be another challenging year.” And Rotana COO Guy Hutchinson admits that 2015 has been a tough year due to the impact of the fall in oil prices and the currency drop with the rouble and euro.

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Wyndham to open four new Ramada hotels in the Middle East

Wyndham Hotel Group has revealed plans to open four new hotels in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan under its Ramada Worldwide brand.

 

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Saudi Arabia hotel sector expected to grow

Despite limited new supply during the third quarter of 2015, the hotel market segment in Saudi Arabia continued to display a positive trend with a number of new luxury and upper upscale projects lined up for completion in two years, said a report.

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Dur Hospitality to expand airport hotel in Riyadh

Riyadh-based Dur Hospitality Company (DHC) will invest $32 million in an expansion of the Makarem Arriyadh Hotel at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh following an agreement signed recently with the General Authority of Civil Aviation. 

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Saudi's Elaf Group discusses tourism opportunities with Egypt minister

The Saudi-based Elaf Group, a SEDCO Holding company, recently hosted a meeting with His Excellency Hisham Zazou, the Egyptian Minister of Tourism at the Elaf Jeddah Hotel, Red Sea Mall to discuss ways to reinforce tourism for both Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

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Kingdom leads the way in online food ordering

JEDDAH -- The Internet is revolutionizing many industries bringing customers ever closer to their most loved brands. Finance, Retail, Fashion, and Food are a few examples - the latter certainly being the most eye-catching.

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Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar: Growing together with the community

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA , USA, December 17, 2015 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The elegant 12-story Mövenpick Hotel Al Khobar is located on the city’s popular Corniche in Saudi Arabia. Each room overlooks splendid views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf shore. Guests and business travelers alike can choose from four restaurants including the famous Mahajara by Michelin-Star chef Vineet Bhatia. 

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82,446 hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East

There were 82,446 rooms in 253 hotels under construction in the Middle East in November, according to a report from research firm STR Global.

 

 

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Saudi - New airport projects to boost tourism

Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage President Prince Sultan bin Salman and General Authority for Civil Aviation President Suleiman bin Abdullah Al-Hamdan discussed the ongoing airport expansion projects across the Kingdom that will help in handling over 100 million passengers annually by 2020.

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Al Faisaliah Spa launches new Arabic Rose treatments

Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA has launched two revolutionary new signature treatments for discerning guests. The new treatments follows Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA’s recent win at the inaugural World Spa Awards where the ladies only spa was awarded the ‘World’s Best Female Spa’ , ‘World’s Best Spa Design’ and ‘Saudi Arabia’s Best Hotel Spa’ at the ceremony which served as the definitive benchmark of excellence.

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Aggressive expansion in Saudi Arabia

The accession of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in January precipitated a widespread government reshuffle. The structural fall in oil prices since June 2014 has fundamentally changed the economics of the kingdom. The year also saw Riyadh’s policy focus diverted towards security and defence activity both domestically, and outside its borders in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere.

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Jumeirah plans to open in five Saudi cities

Jumeirah Group is planning to open branches in five major cities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These are Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Madinah, and Makkah, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Piers Schreiber revealed during the 2015 GCC Road Show.

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Hotel industry in Makkah expected to boom in 2016

MAKKAH - After a three-year lull, caused by the giant expansion projects of the Grand Mosque, hotel industry in the holy city is expected to pick up starting next year, according to the general manager of Movenpick Hotel and Residences Hajar Tower Makkah.

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SHUAA and Jumeirah Group sign MoU to develop hospitality projects in Saudi Arabia

Mr. Gerald Lawless, President and Group CEO, Jumeirah Group said, “Saudi Arabia is of prime importance to the Jumeirah Group and each year we are delighted to welcome so many guests from the Kingdom to our existing portfolio of Jumeirah Group hotels in Dubai and worldwide.  We now seek expansion for our hotels, both Jumeirah STAY DIFFERENT and our new lifestyle hospitality brand Venu, in Saudi Arabia and this MOU with SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia further enables us to explore opportunities to bring our unique brands and experiences to the Kingdom. SHUAA has a strong performance for hospitality development in this market, and we look forward to progressing our relationship with SHUAA, and to working closely with their expert team, as we continue our expansion in the GCC region.”

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Tourism industry generated SR11b last year, says SCTH

RIYADH — The tourism industry in the Kingdom generated around SR11 billion during the last Hijri year, which ended in mid-October, the Saudi Press Agency said, quoting a statistical report issued by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).

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Majid Al Futtaim targets Saudi and other Gulf markets

Dubai: Majid Al Futtaim, the owner and operator of seven malls in the UAE, says it is planning to open a shopping centre in the Saudi capital. The company is also looking to expand in other Gulf markets as well, according to a senior official at the company, which will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first shopping centre — Deira City Centre — this month.

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Hotel investment in Al-Hasa KSA hits $373 million

More than 1000 rooms will be added in residential units and hotels of different categories in five years throughout the oasis region in eastern Saudi Arabia. Al-Hasa province is witnessing growth in requests for licenses for the establishing and operating of tourist and hotel facilities, AMEinfo has reported.

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Shangri-La to open first hotel in Saudi Arabia

Shangri-La International, a leading hospitality chain, has signed a contract with Assila Investments to manage and operate a 236-room hotel and serviced residences development in Jeddah, the second-largest city in Saudi Arabia.

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Swiss International Hotels plans Saudi Arabia debut

Leading hospitality group Swiss International Hotels has unveiled plans to debut in Saudi Arabia with two new hotels. The chain will be entering the market with the 60-room Swiss International Park hotel in Baljurashi (Al Baha region) and the 46-room Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites – Turaif.

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Tourism To Generate 1.7m Jobs By 2020

Job opportunities in the tourism sector of the Kingdom are expected to reach 1.7 million by 2020, according to the Tourism Information and Research Center (MAS), the statistical division of the the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH).

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Jeddah reports highest occupancy rates in Mena

The Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah recorded the highest hotel occupancy rate in September, leading the Mena region at 84 per cent, followed by Madinah (Saudi Arabia) at 72 per cent and Dubai (UAE) at 68 per cent.

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Onyx Hospitality Group anticipates growth in Mideast

Thailand-based Onyx Hospitality Group is focused on driving the development of its select service brand OZO and boutique serviced apartments, Shama in the Middle East.A select service hotel experience, OZO appeals particularly to the Saudi market during the long summer months. OZO Kandy Sri Lanka, the fifth property in the portfolio open, has gained a firm foothold in the Middle East outbound market in the short time since its launch, and Onyx is now looking to expand the brand throughout the Gulf region. 

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Swiss International Adds Two Hotels In Saudi Arabia

Swiss International Park hotel in Baljurashi and Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites in Turaif are the first hotels in Saudi Arabia of the chain.Baar (CH)/Ras al Khaimah (UAE)/Dammam (KSA) -- Swiss International is proud to announce the arrival of the first 2 hotels in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The chain will be entering the market with the 60 rooms Swiss International Park hotel in Baljurashi (Al Baha region) and the 46 rooms Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites – Turaif.

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AccorHotels inks deal to develop 15 aparthotels in Saudi Arabia

AccorHotels Middle East, the world's leading hotel operator, today announced that it has opened the Suite Novotel Riyadh Dyar, its fifth operational hotel in Riyadh and fifteenth to open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Group has an additional 28 hotels in development across the Kingdom, which puts its total number of properties in Saudi Arabia, in operation and under development, at 43.

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Millennium & Copthorne signs two new hotels in Saudi Arabia

Millennium & Copthorne, Middle East and Africa is continuing with its major expansion in Saudi Arabia with the signing of two new hotels in the Holy City of Makkah.The agreement, signed with one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent companies, Al Rajhi Investments, means Millennium & Copthorne has signed 10 hotels in the kingdom within the past six months, reinforcing its position as the fastest growing operator in the region.

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Saudi targets staycationers and pilgrims with $11.6bn in tourism projects underway

Saudi Arabia is one of the most difficult countries in the Middle East to obtain an entry visa for making it largely closed to vacationers. However, in spite of these restric- tions the kingdom still ranked as the 17th most visited country in the world in 2014.

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KSA tops Dubai's tourism arrivals with 1.5 million

Saudi Arabia (KSA) continues to dominate tourism arrival figures in Dubai, followed by India and the United Kingdom (UK), according to the recent "Middle East Hotel Market Insight Report" by Deloitte and STR Global.

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Al Faisaliah announces launch of multi-million riyal renovation

RIYADH: The iconic luxury landmark of the Saudi capital city Al Faisaliah Hotel has announced the commencement of an unprecedented renovation that begins a new chapter in its 15-year heritage. "Celebrating the 15th anniversary, we have embarked on a highly anticipated refurbishment, which will further strengthen our position as the Kingdom's leading ultra-luxury hotel," said Alexander Blair, hotel's general manager. 

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Marriott International to launch Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf, Dubai by 2019

Marriott International, Inc. maintains the pace of its regional development plans by announcing the signing of Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf, a signing that marks a significant entry in the lead up to 2020 as it will be the hotel group’s first property from the Residence Inn brand portfolio in the UAE. Due to be completed in 2019, the Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf, Dubai will comprise a total of 135 units. 

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Saadi acquires 100pc stake in Glee Hospitality

Abdul Kader Saadi, managing director of Glee Hospitality Solutions, has announced the buyout of partners’ shares thus making him a controlling stakeholder in the company. The company, established in early 2010, has carved a niche by creating, developing and operating successful restaurant concepts in the Middle East.

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Accor announces first Majlis Grand Mercure hotel in Qatar

AccorHotels has announced plans to open the first Majlis Grand Mercure hotel in Qatar in partnership with local conglomerate Al Jassim Group. Located in Qatar’s capital, the upscale Majlis Grand Mercure Doha will be AccorHotels’ seventh hotel in the country.

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Elaf Group to promote Saudi tourism

The Elaf Group of Companies, a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, will launch its series of strategic marketing tours to select countries across continents in a bid to further boost Saudi Arabia’s growing tourism industry.

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Coral Al Madina Hotel Enters into final stages of construction

Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO, HMH – Hospitality Management Holdings was recently in KSA to assess the progress at Coral Al Madina Hotel that is in advanced stages of construction and is due for completion by the third quarter of 2016. It is one of the several properties scheduled to open next year under the HMH banner and will be a flagship hotel for the group in the Holy city of Madina.

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Rotana plans six new hotels in Saudi Arabia by 2017

With the summer vacation season and Eid Al Adha now over, the Saudi hospitality market is once again preparing all facilities for tourists, business visitors and the year-round influx of pilgrims coming to visit Makkah and Madinah, while at the same time, Saudis are preparing for business travel to various countries around the world, especially the Gulf region, Turkey and Egypt.

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KSA likely to see 30 million religious tourists by 2025

JEDDAH: The number of religious tourists is expected to rise from 17.5 million recorded last year to between 25 and 30 million in 2025, which would be a boost to the country’s economy, say economists.

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Ascott opens first serviced residence in Saudi, plans four more

Singapore-based serviced residences operator The Ascott Limited announced that it has opened its first serviced residence project in Saudi Arabia.

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Millennium & Copthorne Strengthens Its KSA Presence

In a recent development, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Middle East and Africa has announced its expansion into Saudi Arabia.

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Religious tourism key driver of Saudi hospitality sector

Saudi Arabia’s non-oil sector is forecasted to maintain robust growth in 2015. Thanks to the Kingdom’s diversification strategy, the non-oil sector benefits from government spending, corporate lending, and solid domestic consumption. These benefits are likely to continue due to an important contributor to the non-oil sector, which is the hospitality sector.

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New thermoforming packaging venture set for Saudi Arabia

Fresh food packaging supplier Linpac Group Ltd. has announced a new cooperation agreement with Zultec Group, a multinational retail and industrial supplies leader based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Hotel groups in Saudi Arabia step up training of nationals

International hotel chains operating in Saudi Arabia are ramping up training programmes to increase the number of Saudis at their properties as the kingdom’s hospitality sector booms.

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Four Seasons rolls out the red carpet for King Salman

In anticipation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia’s stay, the Four Seasons hotel in Georgetown has done some redecorating — literally rolling out red carpets in order to accommodate the royal’s luxurious taste.

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Luxury high-rise drives residential development in Saudi Arabia

Rising incomes and changing lifestyles are helping to drive significant growth in the supply of high rise residential developments in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as demand from residential tenants and investors is spurring modern luxury high-rise developments in Jeddah, Riyadh and the 'tri-city' area. Colliers International's Modern Luxury: the Changing DNA of the KSA High Rise Residential Market provides a timely update on the state of the market and insight on the key trends likely to impact future development.

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Movenpick Hotel Makkah sets ambitious 10 percent reduction goal

The Saudi Arabia Movenpick Hotel & Residences Hajar Tower Makkah is a five-star hotel offering excellently appointed hotel rooms and suites overlooking the Holy Kaaba and faces King Abdul Aziz Gate. The hotel enjoys a prime location with magnificent views of the sacred Muslim site and forms part of the prestigious Abraj Al Bait complex.

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Jumeirah Group unveils exclusive promotions for Saudi families at home and abroad

JUMEIRAH Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and member of Dubai Holding, is set to welcome large numbers of Saudi families over the peak summer holiday season leading up to Eid Al-Adha. 

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Majid Al Futtaim has plans to expand presence in Saudi Arabia

Majid Al Futtaim has reported flat first-half earnings, citing higher costs and weaker hospitality industry profits. It said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization remained stable at Dh1.8 billion despite a 7 per cent rise in revenue to Dh13.7bn from the same period last year.

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announces opening of Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Jeddah

Carlson Rezidor , one of the most dynamic and largest hotel groups worldwide, has announced the opening of its newest property in Saudi Arabia, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Jeddah.

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Umrah revenue touches SR12 billion

With the number of pilgrims coming for Umrah increasing annually, economists are estimating the Umrah season revenue for this year may reach SR12 billion.

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Retaj plans new hotel in Makkah

Retaj Hotels & Hospitality, a leading development company, has revealed plans for a new hotel in Al Azizya Al Chamalya in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, said a report.

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Marka inks deal for Morelli's Gelato franchise in Saudi Arabia

Dubai-based retail and hospitality firm Marka announced that it has acquired the Middle Esat franchise operations of luxury ice cream brand Morelli’s Gelato.

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Mövenpick boosts presence in Jeddah

International hospitality firm Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is expanding its Saudi Arabian portfolio with the addition of a fourth property in the kingdom’s thriving city of Jeddah.

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First Marriott hotel opens doors in Makkah

The US hospitality company Marriott International has opened the Makkah Marriott Hotel, its first property in Saudi Arabia’s holy city. 

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IN CONVERSATION WITH ANDREW LINWOOD, THE HEAD OF DESIGN OF AREEN HOSPITALITY

We asked Mr Andrew Linwood, the Head of Design of Areen Hospitality, one of the companies which is involved in the design of the mega hotel development project in Mecca to describe us the latest trends, concepts, challenges in the world of hotel design.

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Elaf Group President cites key role of professional travel & tourism organizations in further developing Kingdom's tourism industry

Ziyad Bin Mahfouz, President of the Elaf Group of Companies, cited the significant role played by local travel and tourism organizations and associations in the move to further develop the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) travel and tourism industry. Mahfouz pointed out that the presence of these organizations can largely contribute to many of the planned programs and initiatives aimed at bolstering the country's tourism segment.

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EXPANDING THE EMPIRE: MÖVENPICK'S JEAN GABRIEL PERES

There’s a cool confidence about Jean Gabriel Peres. The kind of confidence you can only acquire over time, through experience, having seen more or less everything there is to see in a certain industry.

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ORVITO CONNECTED COMMUNITIES LAY FOUNDATION FOR SMART CITIES IN SAUDI ARABIA

Eleventh Holding, a Saudi Arabia-based holding company, focused on investing, creating and incubating growth oriented businesses, announced a partnership with Orvito, a Boston-based leading manufacturer of safety, security and automation IoT (Internet of Things) products, to deliver Residential, Hospitality and Enterprise solutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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KSA WELCOMES ITS FIRST HERITAGE HOTEL

Dur Hospitality and Saudi Hospitality Heritage Company recently inked a mutual cooperation agreement wherein the former will provide the latter with technical and supporting services.

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Riyadh has 43 projects and over 10,000 rooms in the hotel construction pipeline

Dubai is driving hotel developments in the Middle East & Africa region, with 36,523 rooms and 96 projects in the city’s pipeline, set for opening in time for World Expo 2020, a new report has found.

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Saudi's Dur inks land deal to build mid-range hotel

Dur Hospitality, previously known as Saudi Hotels & Resorts, has announced the signing of a 40-year land lease agreement with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu to build a new hotel.

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AccorHotels opens Suite Novotel Riyadh Dyar

AccorHotels Middle East, the world's leading hotel operator, today announced that it has opened the Suite Novotel Riyadh Dyar, its fifth operational hotel in Riyadh and fifteenth to open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Group has an additional 28 hotels in development across the Kingdom, which puts its total number of properties in Saudi Arabia, in operation and under development, at 43.

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HITEC 2015 HIGHLIGHTS: Robotics, Gamification and Mobility Make Headlines

Taking place June 15-18 at the Austin Convention Center, the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) offered attendees a chance to experience a combination of hospitality technology education, plus a showcase of the latest products and services from more than 300 companies. Here HT highlights a few top stories that emerged during the three-day event.

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The H Holding Enterprise brings lounge restaurant concept to Dubai hospitality sector

The H Holding Enterprise, a leading investment firm with a large portfolio of projects in the UAE, has announced the launch of LUA Restaurant Lounge, a new concept in the dining industry in the UAE, hosting the most diverse selection of dining and entertainment options under one roof.

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Middle East Hotel Survey 2015 Edition- Peak Assessments

The Consulting and Valuation team at HVS Dubai recently published the 2015 Middle East Hotel Survey – Peak Assessments. Providing comprehensive up-to-date hotel and tourism information such as macroeconomic and tourism indicators, occupancy, average rate and RevPAR of 144,000 hotel rooms, as well as existing and future hotel supply information, this publication seeks to present stakeholders with insights into various markets in the region.

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Over 50,000 hotel rooms under construction in 154 properties

The UAE and Saudi Arabia lead the hospitality industry in the Middle East region with a combined pipeline of more than 50,000 hotel rooms under construction, latest data released by STR Global shows.

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UAE-based Cristal Group eyes Turkish expansion

Cristal Hospitality will set up a new office in Turkey to capitalise on the growth in the country's hospitality sector.

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Millennium & Copthorne signs four new Saudi hotels

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Middle East and Africa has signed four new hotels in Saudi Arabia with Taiba Holding Company. 

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Dubai Continues to Grow in International Tourism

Dubai’s continuous efforts to be a premier leisure and business hub have attracted more and more visitors to the city, as well as higher rankings on various global traveller and meeting indexes.

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Dubai is home to best new hotel in the Middle East 2015

The brand new Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach has been announced Best New Hotel at the Middle East Hotel Awards 2015.

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First Holiday Inn opening in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Dubai seeks to attract visitors from Oman with suInterContinental Hotels Group has opened the first Holiday Inn-branded hotel in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. 

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Digital: The next frontier for hotels

Established companies in the hospitality and tourism sector are having to work harder than ever to grow further. A series of recent events have disrupted demand in the short-term, but in the longer term, the rise of the digital economy is threatening traditional operating models and sales channels.

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Hilton signs two new mid-market hotels for Dubai

Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with Wasl Hospitality and Leisure to open a further two mid-market properties in Dubai under its Hampton by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn brands. 

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Dubai ranked 4th best destination for international travellers

Dubai is continuing to climb the ranks as one of the top destinations for international travellers, according to the latest MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index.

After being ranked eighth in 2012, the emirate has now jumped to fourth this year, behind London, which topped the list in 2015, Bangkok and Paris.

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Sofitel wins best hotel at Hotel Awards 2015

The region’s hospitality glitterati turned out on Thursday night at Waldorf Astoria the Palm to support and applaud those up for various Hotel Awards this year.

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Robust Saudi hotel industry pulls international investors

Saudi hospitality sector is attracting more investments and investors amid robust growth, and many of the international companies are targeting the Kingdom as its sector is considered as one of the biggest in the Middle East.

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Aiana group plans to open 7 new hotels in India, Middle east, South East Asia

Gulf-based Aiana hotel group plans to open a chain of 7 hotels in India, the Middle East and South East Asia in the next five years.

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dmg events appoints new Vice President of Design & Hospitality Division

dmg events, an international exhibition company, have appointed Andy Stuart as the new Vice President of the company's Design and Hospitality Division for the Middle East and Asia. Andy will take over responsibility from Mike Allsopp following his retirement in September this year. Andy will oversee the current portfolio of marketing leading events, developing and evolving the division with expansion into new territories and sectors.

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Dubai’s Emaar beachfront project to cost $2.72B

Emaar Properties' new mixed-use beachfront development in Dubai's Al Mamzar district is expected to have a preliminary cost of Dh10 billion ($2.72 billion), the UAE state news agency WAM stated on Wednesday.

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Russian tourist spend in UAE drops 52%

Tourists from USA spent the highest of all nationalities to the region, at 21% of total spend-per-stay – a full 9 points ahead of the next highest spend group, Saudi Arabian nationals, as the number of Russian visitors continues to decline.

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Hotel Show 2015 announces new features

The Hotel Show Dubai 2015 has revealed details of some new features for this year’s 16th edition, with technology to be a major feature for the first time in its history.

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HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings Celebrates the Grand Opening of EWA Khartoum Hotel & Apartments

HMH - Hospitality Management Holdings announced today the official opening of EWA Khartoum Hotel & Apartments. The grand inauguration was attended by His Excellency Mohamed Adbul Karim Al-Had, Federal Minister of Tourism, SSIA Chairman and General Commissioner and Mr Laurent A. Voivenel, CEO of HMH.

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Dur Hospitality announces SR 1.5 billion Investments to develop 14 Hotels and 4 luxury residential complexes

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DUR HOSPITALITY ANNOUNCES SR 1.5 BILLION INVESTMENTS TO DEVELOP 14 HOTELS AND 4 LUXURY RESIDENTIAL COMPLEXES (1)

Riyadh - A planned portfolio of 20 hotels and 6 residential complexes in Saudi Arabia over the next seven years with SR 1.5 billion investments will definitely enhance Dur hospitality' leadership position in Saudi Arabia and will sure reflect positively on the revenues, which are expected to increase 3 times by 2023.

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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL EXPECTS TO OPERATE OR FRANCHISE OVER 240 HOTELS IN MEA REGION BY 2020

  • Marriott International expects 50 percent growth across the Middle East & Africa region, reaching over 240 hotels by 2020
  • Hotel company announces newest signing of 300-room Marriott Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah
  • Marriott Hotels brand to lead company brand openings in Middle East & Africa this year

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INTERCONTINENTAL DUBAI MARINA OPEN FOR BUSINESS

InterContinental Hotels Group has officially opened the 328-key InterContinental Dubai Marina.

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HILTON TO OPEN 535-ROOM DUBAI WORLD CENTRAL HOTEL

Hilton Worldwide has signed an agreement with the Hospitality Division of the Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Holding Group to open Hilton Dubai World Central (DWC).

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL CHAIN MAKES ITS FIRST MOVE INTO SAUDI ARABIA

The first Shangri-La hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is set to open in 2018 after an agreement was signed last week by Assila Investments.

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OPTIMISM OVER KSA DOMESTIC TOURISM EXPENDITURE GROWTH

A planned portfolio of 20 hotels and 6 residential complexes in Saudi Arabia over the next seven years with SR1.5 billion investments will definitely enhance Dur Hospitality’s leadership position in Saudi Arabia and will reflect positively on its revenues, which are expected to increase 3 times by 2023.

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THE RISE AND RISE OF DAMAC

Adding two more properties to its collection at the end of March, Damac Hotels & Resorts marked the launch of its new lifestyle brand, Naia. Now, with sights set firmly on operating its own full-serviced hotels, and giving would-be-investors the opportunity to own hotel rooms, the firm is not leaving any stone unturned

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PORTABLE HOTEL ROOMS CHANGING THE HOSPITALITY GAME

A hotel room you can take with you anywhere you go sounds like traveller’s dream and a hotelier’s nightmare. Dutch-based Flexotels is changing the way travellers spend on accommodation during sporting events and music festivals.

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SAUDI'S AL KHOZAMA EYES DUBAI AND MALDIVES HOTELS

Saudi Arabia-based Al Khozama Management Company is planning to expand into Dubai and the Maldives, the group’s hospitality division vice president Hussein Ali Hatata told Hotelier Middle East.

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MELIÁ HOTELS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES NEW PROPERTIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Three new properties announced this year in the region add to Meliá Hotels International's existing hotels in the Middle East. The GCC is a primary focus region for Meliá Hotels International.

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FIT FOR A KING: TAJ DUBAI OPENING SPECIAL

With the opening of a new hotel in the downtown area, Taj Hotels is looking to make its mark on Dubai and establish a foundation for growth across the city and the wider region

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IHG EXPANDS MIDDLE EAST PRESENCE ACROSS THREE COUNTRIES

Signings include second Hotel Indigo in Dubai and double deal in Kuwait.

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MIDDLE EAST: MEGA DEVELOPMENTS SPOTLIGHT QATAR

Vying for global recognition as a tourism powerhouse, Qatar’s current slew of developments, valued at US$8.48 billion, are on track to transform the country's landscape with a series of state-of-the-art attractions and major investment in tourism infrastructure.

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JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN TO GET TWO DUBAI OUTLETS

Three Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open JG Dining Room and JG Kitchen at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai, at Jumeirah Beach, with an opening date set for spring 2015.

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LOCAL OMANI FARMERS BENEFIT FROM NEW INITIATIVE

The Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) announced the launch of its new community initiative, Farming for Hospitality, which connects local farmers with hotels in the Jabal al Akhdar region and helps improve their profits by giving them greenhouses and training them in modern agricultural methods.

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FOUR THAI HOTEL GROUPS EXPANDING IN THE MIDEAST

With tourism on their home turf slowing, four Thai hotel companies are now expanding in the Middle East to tap the high-end hospitality market there.

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STARWOOD TO DOUBLE MIDDLE EAST PORTFOLIO BY 2019

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is aiming to double its portfolio in the Middle East with plans to open 50 hotels by 2019.

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HOTEL CHAINS EYE EXPANSION IN IRAN

Dubai: Hotel chains are likely to find the Iranian hospitality market more attractive should international economic sanctions imposed on the country be lifted, according to a report issued by a hospitality consulting firm.

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DWC TO HAVE SIX HOTELS BY 2019

Dubai: Six hotels are set to open at Dubai World Central (DWC) by 2019. Coming to DWC, an aerotropolis in Jebel Ali, will be Aloft, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites, Millennium and Studio M, as well as a hotel by Bin Haider Hospitality, according to Mohammad Al Awadhi, Vice-President Real Estate at DWC.

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NAKHEEL TO BUILD DUBAI'S FIRST ALL-INCLUSIVE HOTEL ON DEIRA ISLANDS

Nakheel is to partner with Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts to build Dubai’s first all-inclusive beach resort at its planned Deira Islands scheme, the developer has announced.

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EMAAR TO MANAGE THE ADDRESS HOTEL IN NIGERIA AND BAHRAIN

Middle East industry Dubai: Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties, will manage The Address Hotel in Nigeria and Bahrain, Philippe Zuber, the company’s chief operating officer, announced on the first day of Arabian Travel Market in Dubai. This expansion follows previous international expansions in Turkey and Egypt.

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THE HOTEL SHOW SAUDI ARABIA 2015 OPENS IN JEDDAH

“Saudi Arabia expects to complete 16,000 new hotel rooms in Riyadh and Jeddah by 2018, and a 400% increase in domestic tourism by 2019.”

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DUBAI ATTRACTS 13.2M VISITORS IN 2014, UP 8.2%

A total of 13.2 million tourists visited Dubai in 2014, representing a year-on-year increase of 8.2 percent, according to official statistics revealed on Sunday. Year-on-year growth was significantly higher than the global average of 4.7 percent, and reflects ongoing investment in leisure and tourism as Dubai seeks to attract 20 million visitors by the year 2020, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). The figures were announced during a press conference to mark the launch of this year’s Arabian Travel Market – the 22nd edition of the popular trade show.

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MASSIVE OPPORTUNITIES AS HOTELS MOVE TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY

Experts from across the country met to discuss green building in the hotel sector in a panel organised by Emirates GBC.

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SEMINAR: HOSPITALITY SECTOR SHIFTS TOWARDS GREEN BUILDING

Experts from across the country met to discuss green building in the hotel sector in a panel organised by Emirates GBC.

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NAKHEEL AND RIU HOTELS TO CREATE NEW 750-ROOM HOSPITALITY CONCEPT FOR DUBAI

Nakheel’s new, 15.3 square kilometre mixed-use waterfront city to be located at Deira Islands.

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DAMAC EXPERIMENTS WITH HORIZONTAL HOTEL CONCEPT

Damac is launching ‘hotel villas’ as part of its Akoya Oxygen project in Dubailand.

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AURIS GROUP OF HOTELS TO OPEN FOUR NEW HOTELS IN 2015

Company to hire 775 hotel professionals to manage the new properties.

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DAMAC PROPERTIES LAUNCHES NOVA HOTEL VILLA CONCEPT

An Exciting New Experience in Luxury Hospitality within AKOYA Oxygen Goes on Sale in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. DAMAC Properties has launched its first hotel villa concept within the aspirational AKOYA Oxygen community in Dubai. The luxury real estate developer has made its Nova Hotel Villas available at a starting price of just AED 1,753,700 for a three bedroom home, with each villa enjoying spacious open plan living. Villas range from three to six bedroom units.

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Saudi Arabia to revamp tourism sector

Tourism is set to take on a pivotal role in the Saudi Arabian economy, with business, leisure and faith-based travel all identified as vehicles to raise the industry's profile and generate both revenue and employment.

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