Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Middle East & Africa president Ali Hamad Lakhraim Alzaabi has confirmed that the hotel operator is focusing on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with five hotels in the pipeline for 2018.
Currently with 35 hotels operating in the Middle East as of July 2018, the five hotels in Saudi pipeline for this year include: Millennium Al Naseem and Copthorne Al Naseem in Makkah, Millennium Tabouk, Millennium Hotel Madinah Airport and M Hotel Makkah Al Aziziyah.
Alzaabi revealed to Hotelier Middle East as we were collating data for the Hotelier Middle East Power 50 — the 2018 edition: “We are fully committed to a strategic expansion in Saudi Arabia, extending our reach across the entire Kingdom, with 21 hotels planned to open in locations such as Jizan, Baha, Madinah, Makkah and Tabouk in the next two years.”
The operator took over two properties from Hilton in 2017, now the Makkah Millennium Hotel and Makkah Millennium Towers, and plans to add to this with 5,000 to 10,000 keys in the Holy City over the next three years. Alzaabi added: “With the announcement that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will issue its first official tourist visas in April 2018, there is a clear opportunity for hotel industry growth in the region. We look forward to being at the forefront of this development.”