The Rezidor Hotel Group has signed Radisson Blu Hotel, Dhahran Square and Radisson Blu Residence, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Tanami Arabia. The new properties will be located in the business district of Dhahran, a city in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom.
Rocco Forte Hotels has welcomed the long awaited Assila Hotel to the developing Saudi hospitality market of Jeddah. Prominently placed at the centre of Jeddah’s most fashionable business and shopping district, Assila Hotel is the ideal destination for business visitors and leisure guests who wish to enjoy the European warmth, charm and outstanding level of bespoke service of Rocco Forte Hotels, enhanced by traditional Arabian hospitality.
The Holy City of Makkah is leading hotel development in Saudi Arabia with 24,133 rooms currently in the construction pipeline, according to a new report. Riyadh follows with 10,053 rooms and Jeddah with 6,980 rooms under development, with the majority of rooms forecast to open to the public over the next five years, says the new report by TopHotelProjects commissioned by The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2016.
A new report published by Euromonitor International has revealed online travel sales to residents in Saudi Arabia showed record 40 per cent growth in 2014 to reach $1.73 billion in 2015, with the figure set to double to $3.46 billion by 2019. Released as the Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2015, the report also confirms the United Arab Emirates continue to be the most popular destination in 2014.
World Travel Market is set to welcome representation from Saudi Arabia to the exhibition floor for the first time this year, as the Saudi government unveils plans to invest heavily into its tourism industry over the next decade. Representation from The Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities, along with the country’s national airline Saudi Airlines and flynas will all be exhibiting at WTM in London from the November 3rd– 6th 2014.
Qatar Airways is adding Al Hofuf in Saudi Arabia to its ever-increasing list of destinations. And as a further demonstration of its commitment to expanding its regional footprint, Qatar Airways recently increased the frequencies of two of its other destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expecting its tourism industry to achieve robust growth as a result of the active support of government in the development of 34,800 new hotel rooms in next five years. The government has made huge investments to develop the sector in order to boost both religious and cultural tourism in the country.
The online travel industry in Saudi Arabia is developing at a rapid rate with online bookings expected to exceed $1.9bn in 2014, according to Travelport co-sponsored research. According to the study – carried out by global travel market research company PhoCusWright – web sales in Saudi Arabia are forecasted to nearly double since 2011, when the online travel sector was valued at $1bn.
Swiss-Belhotel International, one of Asia’s leading mid-scale hotel operators, has added a new Saudi hotel project to its growing Middle East portfolio with the official signing of a 126-room hotel in Riyadh’s new financial district. Sheikh Abdallah Al Jumaiah and Khaled Al Jumaiah, president and vice president respectively of owning company, the Al Jumaiah Group, Gavin Faull, chairman and president and Ghassan Aridi, chief executive, Alpha Tours signed the management agreement.
A rise in the number of pilgrims visiting the Kingdom for Hajj and Umrah, are boosting domestic tourism growth, with Saudi residents making 22.5 million overnight trips per annum. Tourism receipts for Hajj and Umrah currently account for around three per cent of GDP and, according to tourism officials, the country gained a reported US$16.5 billion from tourism in 2012, representing a ten per cent increase on the previous year.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has appointed Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz as the new governor of the capital Riyadh. The king also named one of his sons, Prince Turki, as deputy governor in place of Prince Mohammed bin Saad, who had asked to step down.
Home to some of the most breathtaking desertscapes on earth, Saudi Arabia has been attracting an increasing number of international visitors and new hotel investment in recent months. Breaking Travel News takes a look at the rise of tourism in the Kingdom.