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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.

An official delegation from Bahrain Tourism & Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) took part in Riyadh Travel Fair, held on April 07 – 10 at Al Faisaliah Hotel.

Following on the 24 percent plummet in profit per room in 2016, hotels in Riyadh also suffered a 16.2 percent year-on-year drop in profit during January.

In partnership with Al Tayyer Travel Group, and in line with the office opening VisitBritain has launched a campaign to promote London, Manchester and Edinburgh with exclusive family packages with visa processing upgrades.

The National Museum at King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre in Murabba, Riyadh welcomed the joint Bosnian-Serbian delegation which visited Saudi Arabia on the invitation of H.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

Reinforcing its reputation as a rising business and tourism hub, Riyadh has been named the sixth fastest developing travel destination in the world in the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index.

Etihad Airways is to deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on one of its twice-daily scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, effective from October 30.

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’ first Aloft property to the market. Aloft Riyadh is located at one of the capital's busiest intersections, and features 281 modern, loftinspired guest rooms and keyless entry.

Qatar Airways has introduced a third daily service between Doha and Riyadh. Operated every day except on Tuesdays, the additional frequency brings the number of weekly flights offered between the capitals to 20, translating into a 40 percent boost.