Intercontinental Hotels expands in Saudi Arabia


InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) expand its presence in Saudi Arabia with the opening of Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace in partnership with Dur Hospitality in times when reforms are being prepared in the ultraconservative social system of the Islamic country.

The 304-room hotel adds to the growing portfolio of IHG hotels in Saudi Arabia.

Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace is strategically located in the Ministries Quarter, a popular business district that is close to major Saudi financial institutions and Government offices.

Productivity and rejuvenation go hand in hand at the Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace, which is redefining the business travel experience and offering a comprehensive range of facilities to meet the needs of corporate travelers, experts assured.

Saudi Arabia began a series of reforms last year including bringing back movie theaters and, most notably, announcing that women will be allowed to drive beginning later this year.

In that environment of changes IHG hotel features five meeting rooms spanning 1,400-sq-m and a dedicated team to execute seamless events. With free wi-fi access throughout the hotel, the guests can stay connected to their business or home. Additionally, the 24-hour business center is fully equipped with the latest technology and amenities, providing a great working space for the hotel guests.

Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace offers also exceptional dining options, including 24-hour room service, to guests staying at the hotel for business or leisure. Guests can enjoy an array of delectable food options at the poolside restaurant, while soaking up the sun or spend time at the lobby lounge for a casual business meeting or relaxing with friends over afternoon tea.

Hassan Ahdab, president of Hotel Operations Dur Hospitality said in the inaugural ceremony that the opening demonstrates “our shared confidence in the future growth of the Saudi tourism sector and we have no doubt that Crowne Plaza Riyadh Palace will add significant value to the city’s hospitality offering”, according to TradeArabia News Service.

Expert’s estimates added that the recent reforms and investments in Saudi Arabia will drive growth in the hospitality market of 13.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), higher than the established markets of the UAE (10.1%) and Oman (11.8%).

Saudi Arabia is expected to see a vast expansion of its hotel and resort inventory, along with a steep increase in airport passengers. Religious tourism in the kingdom is still driving demand, with 30,000 rooms opened during 2017, with a further 40,020 guestrooms in 89 projects currently under construction – compared to 35,050 rooms in the UAE.

Last year, Saudi Arabia set the stage for this to expand to leisure tourism, as it pursues targets of 30 million visitors annually by 2030. As a result, 2018 will see the first tourism visas granted to international travelers and, for the first time, women aged 25 and older will now be able to obtain a single entry, 30-day tourist visa without a male chaperone.

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