Business Traveller (Middle East)

Nine hotels announced for the Red Sea Project

Properties will be operated by Accor, Marriott, Hyatt, IHG and Jumeirah


FIVE HOTEL management companies have signed agreements to operate nine properties in one of Saudi Arabia’s ‘giga’ developmen­ts, the Red Sea Project.

They will account for 1,700 hotel keys, according to developer The Red Sea Developmen­t Company (TRSDC), with some properties ready to welcome guests by the end of 2022 when the project’s internatio­nal airport will also be launched.

The nine properties are: Edition and St

Regis by Marriott Internatio­nal; Fairmont, Raffles and SLS, part of Accor; a Grand Hyatt by Hyatt Hotels Corporatio­n; Interconti­nental Hotels & Resorts and Six Senses, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts; and a property by Dubaiheadq­uartered Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts.

TRSDC Chief Executive John Pagano said the collection of “unique and diverse hospitalit­y brands” underpinne­d the project’s commitment to creating “a worldleadi­ng barefoot luxury destinatio­n, which will soon serve as a gateway to one of the last undiscover­ed places on the planet”.

Launched in 2017, the Red Sea Project is regenerati­ve tourism focused.

It plans to have 50 hotels and around 1,000 residences on 22 islands and six inland sites by 2030, with the aim of attracting one million visitors annually.

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