New MENA hotels
HILTON OPENS CAIRO HELIOPOLIS AND WALDORF AT YEAR END
Hilton’s Egypt pipeline powers on with the recent opening of the 593-room Hilton Cairo Heliopolis – next to the 247-room Towers Luxury Hotel which will be rebranded Waldorf Astoria Cairo by the year end following renovations of all 247 rooms and suites, lobby and spa.
The dual branded complex serves up 17 dining and entertainment options along with two ballrooms totalling 3,000sqm, amphitheatres with built-in conference technologies, 12 meeting rooms, business center, two pools, tennis and squash courts, fitness/health club and retail space.
The new Heliopolis hotel marks Hilton’s sixth hotel in Cairo. Diamond Honors members receive free premium speed wifi, free breakfast and 1,000 bonus points per stay; Golds have the option of a free continental breakfast or 1,000 points.
SAUDI INTRODUCES ROOM TAX
The cost of staying in a Saudi hotel or serviced apartment is more expensive following the introduction of a new municipal tax.
The new Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs levy is 5 per cent on each room occupied, reducing to 2.5 per cent for hotels of three stars or less. It applies to occupied rooms in all hotels, furnished apartments and commercial residence facilities and must be deposited with the ministry each month through a new account system.
CROWNE PLAZA RIYADH TARGETS MICE AND IT GROWTH
There is a bold new addition to the Riyadh MICE scene with Crowne Plaza Riyadh RDC Hotel and Convention Center opening its doors – complete with more than 12,000sqm of exhibition and conference space.