New MENA ho­tels

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

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.

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