French hotel firm says 20,000 rooms now open in Middle East

AccorHotels passes rooms milestone with opening of new seaside Novotel in Saudi Arabia
French hotel firm says 20,000 rooms now open in Middle East
Olivier Granet, managing director and chief operating officer of AccorHotels Middle East.
By Staff writer
Mon 04 Jul 2016 01:39 PM

French hospitality giant AccorHotels has announced the opening of a new seaside Novotel in Yanbu, the Red Sea port city in the western province of Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

With this latest addition, AccorHotels said it has a total network of more than 20,000 rooms in operation across the Middle East.

Novotel Yanbu is AccorHotels' second property in the city, following ibis Yanbu, which opened in 2014. Novotel Yanbu is owned by Al Hokair Group and operated under franchise agreement with AccorHotels. It constitutes AccorHotels' fourth property and second Novotel with its partner Al Hokair Group.

Olivier Granet, managing director and chief operating officer of AccorHotels Middle East, said: "AccorHotels is celebrating the opening of our 20,000th room in the region, and we are pleased to have reached this significant milestone in Saudi Arabia, which holds more than 50 percent of our current pipeline.

"Our expansion in Yanbu is a perfect illustration of our strategy to cover key destinations for domestic travel and tourism in the kingdom. The city has steadily grown into a major industrial center, serving as an important terminal for the Red Sea, one of the kingdom's largest ports and the main port for the Holy City of Madinah."

Novotel Yanbu features 120 rooms and suites, and is further equipped with three meeting rooms, a ballroom, an indoor pool, a health club and a gift shop.

AccorHotels has a network of more than 15 properties in operation in Saudi Arabia featuring over 4,500 opened rooms and close to 35 properties under development bringing an additional 9,000 rooms.

AccorHotels currently operates over 75 hotels in the Middle East, presenting more than 20,000 rooms across the luxury to economy segments. The Group's regional network also includes 55 hotels under development, bringing over 14,000 additional rooms to the Middle East.

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