In a bid to expand its portfolio of hotels in the GCC region, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has recently announced the launch of Radisson Blu Hotel, Riyadh Al Sahafa, scheduled to open in 2019.
Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways and part of Hala Group, has recently launched services in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, designed to cater for growing demand from the Gulf region, one of the airline’s key global markets.
STR’s May 2017 Pipeline Report revealed that 159,711 keys in 581 hotel projects were under contract in the Middle East, a 3.8 percent year-on-year increase in the number of rooms in the construction or planning stages.
Elaf Group has announced an upcoming opening of a five-star hotel in Jeddah, set to further reinforce the developer’s strategic expansion and presence in Saudi Arabia.
HotelsCombined revealed that in 2016, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were among the top destinations in the GCC visited by business and leisure travellers from the UK, accounting for 10 percent of all visitors, with Australia and the US following.
For the first time in the Middle East, Deer Jet showcased its 787 Dream Jet during a stopover at Doha International Airport, as part of a series of displays in key international charter destinations titled Dreams Encounter the World.
IN A REPORT TITLED GLOBAL MEGATRENDS AND THEIR IMPACT ON THE MIDDLE EAST’S TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY, PwC UNCOVERED FIVE TRENDS ACROSS THE WORLD THAT ARE SET TO TRANSFORM TOURISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
As a part of its network expansion strategy, Qatar Airways has recently launched its inaugural service to Yanbu, which has increased the number of its weekly flights to Saudi Arabia to 154.
The Saudi Exhibition and Convention Bureau (SECB) reported a fruitful first quarter (Q1) of this year, during which it licensed some 2,484 various events, from which MICE events marked a nine percent year-on-year increase.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts welcomed the newest addition to its growing Middle East portfolio, Hilton Makkah Convention Hotel, which opened its doors on April 02.