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Aloft Hotels is preparing for its Saudi debut with the 281-room Aloft Riyadh and 262-key Aloft Dhahran scheduled to open in July and August, respectively. Both properties will feature loft-inspired guestrooms, as well as an all-day dining restaurant,

GERRIT GRAEF has been appointed general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh. Bringing with him 30 years of hospitality experience, Graef began his career in 1997 with Marriott International as director of food and beverage at Renaissance Cologne Hotel, Germany.

TODD CILANO has been named general manager of Four Seasons Hotel Doha and regional vice president for the company’s establishments in Mauritius, Seychelles, Johannesburg and Tanzania.

Swiss-Belhotel International continues its expansion in the region with plans to open two properties in Riyadh and Mecca this year and two more in Bahrain and Al Khobar in 2017. The development will further grow the company’s portfolio of 135 hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific. m

Air Arabia Jordan launched a new route from Amman to Riyadh. The thrice-weekly service marks the carrier’s first addition this year. The capital became the third Saudi city in Air Arabia Jordan’s network, after Dammam and Jeddah.

Elaf Group hosted a meeting with H. E. Hisham Zazou, tourism minister, Egypt, and his delegation to discuss ways to reinforce the role of tourism for both Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Hilton Worldwide will open Hampton by Hilton Riyadh Olaya following a management agreement with FAS Hotels Group.

H.R.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president, Saudi Commission for

Naveed Mohammed is now part of Rocco Forte Hotels’ Middle Eastern executive team as