Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi-Riyadh route, effective from the start of February. The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Travelport and Al Hashim Travel have announced a new, exclusive, long term agreement. Al Hashim Travel is located in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia, with ten branches in the region. The agency is also set to expand across in Saudi Arabia in 2017.
Minor Hotels has announced the debut of its luxury Anantara brand in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Scheduled to open in 2019, Anantara Jeddah Resort will be located on the waterfront in Obhur in the city’s upmarket northern district and will offer 226 guest rooms and 102 two to five bedroom villas.
Inbound arrivals to Saudi Arabia will reach over 20 million by 2020, as the religious tourism sector flourishes in line with increasing demand to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage, according to consumer insight firm Canadean. The company’s latest report finds that the Hajj represents a major tourism opportunity for both domestic and international stakeholders, particularly hotel groups and tour operators, as over two million pilgrims will travel to Saudi Arabia in September to visit Islam’s holiest site in Mecca.
Rotana has officially announced the opening of Centro Shaheen Jeddah, the group’s first property under the “Centro by Rotana” brand to open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. SHUAA Capital is the Fund Manager and Developer of this joint project.Located on Madinah Road, just 20 minutes away from King Abdulaziz International Airport, Centro Shaheen offers 252 contemporary designed rooms and studios with stylish bathrooms, the latest technology and in-room entertainment options.
Etihad Airways is to deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on one of its twice-daily scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, with effect from October 30th. The upgrade from a single aisle Airbus A321 aircraft will cater to strong demand to and from the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, offering guests more seats on a wide-body aircraft.
The Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Metropolitan in Riyadh is set to open and start its operations by the end of 2016. The new facility’s location at the Olaya District, also known as the commercial heart of the city serves as a huge leverage point for the brand as it draws not only the travellers interested in business but also the shopaholics interested in luxury shopping allowing a larger influx of guests to the property.
An STR analysis of the first half of Ramadan 2016 indicates that Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was the only major hotel market in the Middle East to experience an increase in revenue per available room during the first two weeks of the holiday. STR compared preliminary daily data for six hotel markets in the Middle East from June 6th-20th, 2016, with the June 18th through July 2nd Ramadan time period last year.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts has opened its first hotel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – the 438-room Conrad Makkah. Set in the heart of the Holy City and overlooking the Sacred Mosque, Al Masjid al Haram, and the Holy Kaabah, the hotel is designed for today’s smart luxury traveller, combining intuitive service with sophisticated, locally inspired surroundings.
Millennial travellers are forecast to become the dominant consumer group globally by 2020, yet the future appears closer for Saudi Arabia. A new report by Euromonitor International prepared for the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia reveals that in 2016, 10.3 million people or 32 per cent of the Kingdom’s population are classed as Millennials or young adults (aged 18–36).
The number of hotel rooms in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is forecast to double by 2018 according to a new report. The ‘Jeddah Hotel Market Overview’ report by JLL reveals that the current supply of 8,600 rooms in the city will double – with another 8,600 rooms forecast to be added to the market by 2018. With a total stock of 17,200 hotel rooms estimated by 2018, major projects in the Jeddah pipeline include: The Ritz Carlton, Jeddah; Radisson Blu Al Salamah; Movenpick City Star; Elaf Galleria and Assila Hotel & Residence by Rocco Forte.
Ramzi Solh, chief executive of commercial development at King Abdullah Economic City, is the latest addition to the line-up for the second annual Vision Conference, Saudi Arabia. The conference is a key feature of the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia in Jeddah, which will take place from May 17-19th, featuring a range of industry experts exploring the Kingdom’s booming hospitality industry with topics ranging from mega-projects to technology trends.