Saudi Ara­bia to roll out record num­ber of ho­tel rooms in 2017

More than 29,000 rooms, in­clud­ing world’s largest ho­tel, open­ing this year…

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Arecord 68 new ho­tels span­ning some 29,033 ho­tel rooms will open across Saudi Ara­bia this year, ac­cord­ing to the Saudi Ara­bia Ho­tel Con­struc­tion Over­view re­port re­leased by TOPHOTELPROJECTS ahead of The Ho­tel Show Saudi Ara­bia 2017.

The re­port iden­ti­fied Riyadh, Jed­dah, Al Kho­bar and Makkah as the key cities for hos­pi­tal­ity devel­op­ment. New ho­tels fore­cast to open this year in­clude the Abraj Ku­dai Tow­ers, which will be­come the world’s big­gest ho­tel with 10,000 rooms when it opens in the fourth quar­ter of 2017.

“The hos­pi­tal­ity land­scape in Saudi Ara­bia is de­vel­op­ing at pace, and this is a par­tic­u­larly ex­cit­ing year,” said John Suzara, event man­ager of The Ho­tel Show Saudi Ara­bia 2017, tak­ing place in Jed­dah in April.

“The largest ho­tel in the world – Abraj Ku­dai – is fore­cast to open in Makkah, while new brands are en­ter­ing the mar­ket, har­ness­ing the king­dom’s po­ten­tial at a time of ma­jor growth for its tourism, leisure and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries in the wake of the launch of Saudi Ara­bia’s Na­tional Vi­sion 2030,” he added.

Nobu Hos­pi­tal­ity and Rocco Forte Ho­tels are among in­ter­na­tional brands that will en­ter the Saudi Arabian mar­ket for the first time this year, the re­port said.

Chris­tian Renz, vice pres­i­dent sales at Rocco Forte Ho­tels, said: “It was im­por­tant for us to have rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Mid­dle East, as we have such a large client base com­ing from this re­gion, par­tic­u­larly from Saudi Ara­bia.

“Saudi Ara­bia has a lot to of­fer and I hope that the coun­try will fur­ther open it­self for in­ter­na­tional tourism,” added Renz.

Ho­tel con­struc­tion un­der­way in Mecca

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