Hospitality group Hyatt Hotel Corporation has some major expansion plans in Saudi Arabia. The group plans to double its footprint in the kingdom with an addition of 1,300 rooms by 2023.
At the Arabian Travel Market, the group revealed that the expansion includes the opening of Grand Hyatt Al Khobar in late 2019. While Jabal Omar Hyatt Centric Makkah Hotel and Residences will mark the entry of the Hyatt Centric brand into the country. Hyatt Regency Jeddah Serafi Mall too is slated for a 2021 opening and a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Riyadh/KAFD will open in 2022.
Explaining why the Saudi market is important to the brand, Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development, Middle East and North Africa for Hyatt said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing religious tourism markets in the world and one of Hyatt’s primary focus areas within the Middle East. The ambitious expansion of Hyatt brands cement Hyatt’s brand presence, both amongst Gulf residents and the increasing number of international travellers visiting Saudi Arabia.”