to add two more properties in Riyadh
Marriott International will add two more properties to its lodging portfolio
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2013. Both the 250-room JW Marriott hotel and a
50-unit deluxe Marriott Executive Apartments will share the same building
and will be located some 20km north of Riyadh’s central business district as
part of a large suburban master plan that will also include a business park
consisting of office buildings, a large shopping mall, five residential
compounds, a nine-hole golf course and a water park.
to develop new tourist destination
In a bid to place Sri Lanka on the map as one of the most sought after
holiday destinations in South Asia, Sri Lanka Tourism has launched a new
tourism development project consisting of 14 unspoilt islands known as
Kalpitiya. Located 150 km north of Colombo, The Kalpitiya Integrated
Development Project (KITDP) will select the islands best suited for
development to generate environmentally friendly sustainable tourism.
Working on a 10 to 12 year plan, Sri Lanka Tourism is currently in the
process of finalising groundwork for this project.
East among top global hotel performers
Major cities in Europe and the Middle East lead global hotel performance,
taking seven spots each in the world's top 20 revenue per available room (revPAR)
rankings, revealed in a report produced annually by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.
The global tourism industry saw a significant slowdown in most world regions
in 2008, particularly in the final quarter, as the economic meltdown
impacted leisure and business travellers. Despite this slowdown, many cities
across the world achieved strong hotel performance. Six cities secured
places on all three top 20 ranking tables (occupancy, average room rate and
revPAR) including New York, Abu Dhabi, London, Dubai and Paris.
enters Middle East with Park Inn Muscat
This month is set to see the Park Inn brand, part of The Rezidor Hotel
Group, launching in the Middle East, with the first hotel slated to open in
the heart of Muscat, the capital of Oman. The four-star Park Inn Muscat
Hotel will include 175 rooms, five meeting rooms and business centre, as
well as two international restaurants, namely RBG Bar & Grill Restaurant and
The Atrium offering cuisines from India, The Middle East and Asia. Views
over the gulf of Oman are offered from the roof top bar with a panoramic
terrace both located near the pool on top of the hotel.
Hyatt opening in Doha
Set to open in March, Grand Hyatt Doha has reiterated its intentions to
provide high quality accommodation to the growing numbers of inbound
travelers visiting Qatar as a destination for business, culture and sport.
In addition to the 249 guest rooms, the hotel will offer 91 private
residences, with a choice of two-, three- or four- bedrooms. The residences
propose to provide comfort and convenience for those who prefer the home
essentials while enjoying the full services, facilities and amenities of the
announces four new hotels in Thailand
Accor has announced the development of four more hotel developments in
Thailand. The hotels are Novotel Bangkok Fenix Ploenchit, Novotel Bangkok
Fenix Silom, Mercure Samui Fenix and Hotel Muse, a member of the MGallery
Collection. These new hotels fulfil the geographic needs of business and
leisure travellers to Bangkok and beyond, with some of Thailand's best known
hotel brands. Three of the four hotels will be in the heart of Bangkok.
Novotel Bangkok Fenix Ploenchit, a newly-built hotel boasting 380 rooms, is
set to be positioned directly next to Ploenchit sky train station, close to
major shopping arenas, entertainment and nightlife.