Marriott opens first Courtyard hotel in Saudi
Riyadh, May 21, 2013
US-based Marriott International, a leading hospitality company, opened its first Courtyard brand of hotel in Saudi Arabia at a prime location close to the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh.
Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Meqbel, Mayor of Riyadh participated in the official opening celebrations which included associates, VIP customers and a number of dignitaries.
The 286-room Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter is the Courtyard brand’s fourth property in its Middle East portfolio after properties in Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait.
The new hotel appeals to travellers looking for a prime location close to the Diplomatic Quarter. At the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai last week, Marriott International announced that it is putting emphasis on expansion in the region through the Courtyard, Residence Inn and Marriott Executive Apartments brands.
These developments are taking place in response to customer demand and regional travel trends, said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director - Marriott International Middle East and Africa.
“We’re thrilled by the continued expansion of our lodging portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to participate in the economic development of the Diplomatic Quarter,” he added.
“Tourism in Saudi Arabia has strong growth potential with an average increase of 6.5 per cent year-over-year projected through 2014. We’re confident that this hotel will continue to be successful because of its ability to cater for a variety of clientele and its superb location adjacent to the Diplomatic Quarter.”
Farhan Lone, general manager of the Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter said: “I look forward to hosting guests at our contemporary café that offers all day dining and showing off the state-of-the-art lobby featuring free Wi-Fi access. We also have a modern, fully equipped fitness center with an indoor pool and whirlpool which will keep them refreshed during their stay.” – TradeArabia News Service
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