The Rezidor Group will more than double its operating portfolio in 2017 with the opening of 11 new properties in the kingdom.
These include two hotels in Makkah, a Park Inn by Radisson and Radisson Blu in Jeddah, its first Rezidor hotel – a Radisson Blu – to open in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh and hotels in secondary cities such as Jubail.
Mark Willis, area vice president Middle East and Turkey, The Rezidor Hotel Group told Hotel News Middle East on the sidelines of Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC): “It’s going to be a rollercoaster year for Rezidor with 17 hotels to open across the GCC.
“Key focus areas remain UAE with five hotels opening and Saudi Arabia with 11 hotels to open in the kingdom this year, including two in Makkah with over 700 rooms.”
In Dubai, among the openings anticipated this year are Radisson Blu Hotels, Dubai Waterfront & Dubai Canal Views and a Park Inn by Radisson set to open in Motor City with views over the racetrack.
In addition, next year will see the debut of Rezidor’s Radisson Red brand in the region, with the opening of Radisson Red Silicon Oasis and a Radisson Red in Jeddah.
“That will be a good step forward,” said Willis. “We have a millennial target audience for [Radisson Red]. It’s lifestyle, art driven, bright, and represents simplicity and ease of use. We’ve also got two other Radisson Reds close to signing in key locations across the GCC so I look forward to those coming.”