Saudi's tourism and hospitality sector is expected to rise in the number of hotels by 54%
- Saudi Arabia: Thursday, February 14 - 2013 at 12:59
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Tourism is on an unprecedented boom in the Kingdom and the numbers don't lie. By 2020, Saudi Arabia's tourism and hospitality sector is expected to witness a 54% rise in the number of hotels with 25,398 rooms in the construction pipeline.
Saudi Arabia and UAE remain the two largest hospitality markets in the region, and forecasts indicate that the number of tourist arrivals will grow by a year-on-year average of 6% until the end of 2015.
In keeping with this exponential growth, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antique (SCTA) has recently announced plans to establish a Tourism Development Company in collaboration with private sectors as well as an integral programme for financing tourism projects in the Kingdom.
The Commission is also endorsing the 5th Kingdom Hotel Expansion Summit taking place in Riyadh on May 26th and 27th 2013.
The summit provides the ideal platform for hoteliers and international hospitality suppliers to meet in a focused environment and establish potentially lucrative business relationships.
Up to 300 of the Middle East's leading hoteliers, architects, developers, consultants, government bodies, ministries, development authorities and solution providers are gathering to harness Saudi Arabia's hospitality potential.
"The commission's participation at this event underlines our commitment to support initiatives which highlight the challenges facing hotel expansion in the Kingdom," said Dr. Salah Al Bakheet, Vice President of SCTA for Tourism Investment and Development Sector, and a keynote speaker at the summit.
"We will discuss the Kingdom's ever growing hospitality sector, highlighting the many new projects and hotel chains which are now located across the country. This comes as a result of the new regulations, hotel classification systems and censorships. In the next two years, it is expected that 233 new hotels with 85,620 rooms at a total investment of SAR 10,229bn will be completed," he added.
Organised by leading French business information group naseba, the summit aims to highlight the ever expanding hospitality industry in the Kingdom and the government efforts to take this sector to the next level.
"We at ADNC really appreciate naseba's vision and dedication to bring together the best expertise under one roof time and again. In the past few years our participation in the Annual Kingdom Hotel Summit has proven to be an extremely enriching and fruitful experience," said Rene Fredriks, General Manager of Abu Dhabi National Carpet Factory (ADNC).
Fredriks added: "The summit has been a platform gathering solution providers, hoteliers and governmental bodies to do business and contribute to the transformation of the hospitality sector in the country. It has given us an opportunity to meet prospective customers and helped us in our business with them."
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