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Al­most 60% of Saudi Ara­bia’s cur­rent con­struc­tion pipe­line of 143 ho­tels is fore­cast to open in 2018, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port.

The ‘Saudi Ara­bia Ho­tel Con­struc­tion Over­view’ re­port by TOPHOTELPROJECTS – com­piled ahead of The Ho­tel Show Saudi Ara­bia (10-12 April 2018) – has re­vealed that 84 ho­tels com­pris­ing 27,281 rooms will open through­out the King­dom this year.

Riyadh, Jed­dah, Makkah and Al Kho­bar re­main the busiest ar­eas for ho­tel con­struc­tion across the coun­try. Each of these cities rank highly in the Mid­dle East’s top ten most ac­tive cities for hos­pi­tal­ity de­vel­op­ment, sit­ting third, fourth, sixth and tenth re­spec­tively.

No­table ho­tel open­ings set for the King­dom in 2018 in­clude: Hil­ton Riyadh Ho­tel & Res­i­dences; Copthorne Ho­tel Makkah, Ja­bel Omar; Swiss-bel­ho­tel Al Az­iziya Makkah; Mil­len­nium Ho­tel Jed­dah; and Hil­ton Gar­den Inn Al Kho­bar.

Hil­ton is iden­ti­fied as the brand with the most ho­tel de­vel­op­ments cur­rently un­der­way through­out the coun­try. Kamel Ajami, Vice Pres­i­dent of Op­er­a­tions, KSA & Le­vant, Hil­ton com­mented: “Saudi Ara­bia is one of the most im­por­tant mar­kets in this re­gion, with new leg­is­la­tion and gov­ern­ment re­forms mak­ing the King­dom more ac­ces­si­ble than ever. It rep­re­sents our largest de­vel­op­ment pipe­line in the Mid­dle East.”

“We have 30 ho­tels cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment in around 12 dif­fer­ent cities and our de­vel­op­ment team is al­ways on the look­out for new op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

In 2018 Hil­ton ex­pects to see three new ho­tels open in Saudi Ara­bia: Dou­ble­tree by Hil­ton in Makkah’s Ja­bal Omar de­vel­op­ment, a midscale Hil­ton Gar­den Inn in Al Kho­bar, and a Hil­ton in Riyadh. Be­tween them they will add over 1,500 rooms to the com­pany’s foot­print across the coun­try.

Swiss-bel­ho­tel In­ter­na­tional will also open three new ho­tels in the King­dom in 2018 – two in Riyadh and an­other de- but prop­erty in the Holy City of Makkah, sched­uled for later this year.

“Saudi Ara­bia is a mar­ket that is cur­rently un­der­sup­plied in terms of ho­tels,” said Lau­rent A. Voivenel, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, op­er­a­tions and de­vel­op­ment for the Mid­dle East, Africa & In­dia, Swiss-bel­ho­tel In­ter­na­tional.

“The tourism sec­tor has been ear­marked by the gov­ern­ment as a key driver for growth in the King­dom’s Vi­sion 2030 eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion strat­egy, with ma­jor ini­tia­tives to stim­u­late the travel and tourism in­dus­try.

“In ad­di­tion to mass scale ho­tel con­struc­tion, ma­jor trans­port in­fra­struc­ture projects in­clud­ing the new air­port in Jed­dah and Hara­main High Speed Rail Project, launch­ing this year, will have a big im­pact. The gov­ern­ment is also in­vest­ing sig­nif­i­cantly in large-scale leisure, cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment projects. We are keen to take ad­van­tage of this mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for hos­pi­tal­ity de­vel­op­ment.”

“Along­side a con­tin­ued fo­cus on the Holy Cities, it is clear that hos­pi­tal­ity de­vel­op­ments in the pipe­line for the King­dom are be­ing de­signed to cater to a wider range of trav­ellers in­clud­ing do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness and leisure tour- ists,” com­mented Gary Wil­liams, event di­rec­tor of The Ho­tel Show Saudi Ara­bia.

“Dubai-based Rove Ho­tels has just an­nounced that con­struc­tion will be­gin on its first ho­tel in the King­dom this year. The midscale, lifestyle ho­tel brand will cater to tech-savvy mil­len­nial trav­ellers and will be based at King Ab­dul­lah Eco­nomic City – fast be­com­ing the King­dom’s hub for busi­ness and leisure. Mean­while, ma­jor in­ter­na­tional brands are fo­cus­ing on ar­eas such as Al Kho­bar and Jazan City, close to the Per­sian Gulf and Red Sea coasts re­spec­tively, which of­fer ac­cess to the beach and a grow­ing num­ber of leisure and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.”

As the hos­pi­tal­ity land­scape across the King­dom con­tin­ues to grow and pros­per, The Ho­tel Show Saudi Ara­bia – the coun­try’s lead­ing net­work­ing and sourc­ing event for hoteliers and restau­ra­teurs – re­turns for its sixth edi­tion in Jed­dah in April.

Co-lo­cated with Stone & Sur­face Saudi Ara­bia 2018, the King­dom’s only sourc­ing event ded­i­cated to the stone and sur­face de­sign in­dus­try, the events will both take place across three days – 10-12th April 2018 – at the Jed­dah Cen­tre for Fo­rums and Events.

Moven­pick, Al Kho­bar

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