American Express Saudi Arabia has announced that it has extended its headline sponsorship of the World Luxury Expo, Riyadh, for an additional three years. The World Luxury Expo is returning to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Riyadh, from March 30th-April 1st, 2016. This will be the fourth year American Express Saudi Arabia has been the exclusive headline sponsor of the highly anticipated event.
Enterprise Holdings has announced its expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider Arabian Peninsula through a partnership with the Al Jomaih Group, one of country’s largest industrial and consumer businesses. The newly created vehicle rental business, Al Jomaih Auto Rental, will open a network of branches at major airport, city and community locations in Saudi Arabia throughout 2015.
flynas, a low-cost carrier out of Saudi Arabia, has announced the launch of non-stop flights from Jeddah to Manchester Airport from May 2nd 2014. The move is part of its ambitious Global Flight Routes program. The flights will operate three times a week, offering easy access to Britain’s north.
Hilton Worldwide is set to add the city of Al Ahsa to its Saudi Arabia portfolio, following a signing agreement with Al Jazeera Group, owned by H.E. Sheikh Dr. Jassim bin Nasser bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani. The 180-room Hilton Al Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected to open in 2016 and will be strategically located in the downtown area of Al Ahsa in an upcoming district surrounded by a growing number of residential, retail and commercial developments.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced two new hotels in Saudi Arabia. The Park Inn by Radisson Riyadh Olaya will open in the first quarter of 2014, while the Radisson Blu Resort Jizan will welcome the first guests in the first three months of 2015.
The International Air Transport Association has presented the government of Saudi Arabia with a study quantifying the economic benefits of aviation to the local economy. The report was presented to His Highness Prince Fahad Alabdullah, who is president of the General Authority for Civil Aviation and chairman of the Board of Saudi Arabian Airlines, by Tony Tyler, IATA director general.
Areen, an international practice of interior designers and procurement specialists, has completed the majority of the interior design work for the brand new terminal buildings of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Enabling works started on site in February 2011; basic infrastructure and structural work is now well advanced, with interior works due to commence in the main terminal later this year.
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority are set to launch their largest roadshow in Saudi Arabia in a bid to further increase the number of visitors from the Kingdom.
The Riyadh-based investment company, Kingdom Holding, has completed the sale of its major stake in the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel for approximately $200m.
The total value of hotel construction contracts awarded in Saudi Arabia hit some $66 billion in 2011, according to the latest research, a six per cent increase on the previous year. Data from Meed Insight reveals the steep slowdown in activity in the UAE means Saudi Arabia is now by far the largest projects market in the region, worth almost as much as the other five GCC states combined.
A recently released report by World Tourism Organisation on inbound tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has found that, in 2010, the country was visited by 10.9 million visitors. During their stays, these visitors spent US$6.8 billion, compared with 10.9 million visitors who spent US$7.8 billion in 2009.
Officials at the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities have announced the availability of 400 job opportunities in tourism sector in the capital Riyadh. The jobs were announced by SCTA within the framework of its joint efforts with the Human Resource Development Fund & National System for Joint Training.