Kuwait focuses on the tourism sector with rapid expansion plans

Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017

Kuwait focuses on the tourism sectorKuwait focuses on the tourism sector with rapid expansion plansInvestment in the tourism industry of Kuwait is set to increase considerably over the next decade. The government wants to expedite construction of a new international airport terminal and several major hotel chains work for expanding operations in the capital city. Last month, Kuwait government announced that it had cut the completion time for a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport (KIA) from six years to four, moving the deadline forward to 2020.


Emad Al Jalawi, director general for aviation safety and air transportation affairs said that the present flow of tourists to the airport demands it to increase its capacity. The new international terminal will be able to handle 25 million passengers a year. New hotel brands will also come up by 2020. Canadian firm Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Kuwaiti retailer Alshaya to launch a new hotel in downtown Kuwait City. In October, the companies announced that the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya will open early this year. Part of the larger Burj Alshaya mixed-use development in the capital, the 140,000-sq-metre hotel will be located in the 22-storey Eastern Tower and add 284 rooms to the market.


In August 2016, Hilton and Kuwait’s Al Rai Real Estate said that they wish to invest around $1 billion in new hotel developments at Kuwait City’s The Avenues mall. Both the 158-room luxury Conrad Kuwait and the 430-room Hilton Garden Inn are expected to open at the shopping centre in early 2019. US chain Hyatt has partnered with Kuwait’s Tamdeen Group to develop the 261-room Grand Hyatt Kuwait, which will open in 2020. Also, the 160-room Novotel Sharq and 200-room Centro Rotana, are expected to launch this year and in 2018, respectively.


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