KSA hotel capacity rises by 6% in 2017

Published on : Monday, April 10, 2017

hiltonAccording to the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), the number of hotels in the region increased by 6% in the year 2017 to reach 2,036 as compared to 1,908 in 2016.


The furnished apartments were recorded at 6,940 and hospital entities amounted to as much as 506,716 rooms this year that marks a 17% increase as compared to 421,074 rooms in 2016.


The annual SCTH survey over tourist establishments had revealed the number of travel agencies in the Kingdom that were up to 2,294 this year.


And, the tourism trip organizers had risen by 30% as compared to last year to reach 519 in aggregate. The number of tourist guides had reached 461 while the number of resorts had amounted to just 36. Riyadh is the busiest city of Saudi Arabia for the purpose of hotel construction with as many as 50 hotel projects that are currently underway, according to a report.


The kingdom’s capital city is currently gearing up to add 48 new properties to its already existent vast hotel portfolio, as declared by the 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS.


Riyadh actually leads the hotel boom and this is closely followed by Jeddah.


All across the nation, the report reveals that 170 hotels and 60,395 rooms were presently in different stags in the construction pipeline. One of the top hotel operators in the nation is the brand of Hilton. Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences is among the three new hotels that the brand would bring to the Kingdom in the year 2017.


Kamel Ajami, vice president, KSA Operations at Hilton mentioned that their presence in Saudi Arabia can be traced back to more than 20 years.


He also went on to add that they had ambitious plans for expansion with up to 29 hotels in the pipepline. By the end of 2018, it is expected that the number of hotels here would double.


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