We noticed you're blocking ads.

Keep supporting great journalism by turning off your ad blocker.

Questions about why you are seeing this? Contact us

Font Size

- Aa +

Tue 22 May 2007 04:12 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

FS opens doors to Alexandria

Four Seasons is preparing to open its fifth property in Egypt.

Four Seasons is preparing to open its fifth property in Egypt.

The five-star Four Seasons Hotel at San Stefano will open its doors in Alexandria, an up-and-coming city for business and leisure travellers alike, according to the property's GM Stephan Killinger.

"Choosing Alexandria city for this project is definitely a smart strategic choice, not only because it is the second large city and the main port of Egypt, but Alexandria has a great history since it was built by the Greeks on the site of an old village at the orders of Alexander the Great," he explained. "The city, immortalizing Alexander's name, quickly flourished into a prominent cultural, intellectual, political, and economic metropolis, the remains of which are still evident to this day."

He said the San Stefano project had already become a significant landmark in Alexandria, and would comprise 118 rooms, including 32 suites, nine F&B outlets, and a spa and wellness centre.

"The Hotel is designed to be the preferred venue for conferences, incentive meetings and gala social and wedding events. All venues are equipped with comprehensive technological support required for high-level events," Killinger added.

The corporate market will be the property's target in its first year, with the leisure sector expected to come later when the beach and marina component of the project is completed.

The Middle East and local Egyptian markets will account for 70% of occupancy predicted Killinger, while Meetings Industry business will account for 15% of total business.

"Four Seasons will introduce Alexandria not only to Egyptian and Middle Eastern markets, but also to Europe. The hotel will be a new experience in the historical city that will attract clientele appreciating the luxury brand of Four Seasons and its renowned personalised anticipatory service," he said.

Egypt has proven one of the most popular leisure destinations out of the Middle East in the past 18 months, with Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh two of the top choices.

But travel agents should look to Alexandria as an alternative, a city with highlights including Bibliotheca Alexandria, the Catacombs of Shouqafa, Fort Qaitbey, Pompey's Pillar and the Roman Amphitheatre, according to Killinger.

Four Seasons also operates two hotels in Cairo and two in Sharm El Sheikh.

The opening of Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano will take the hotel group's Middle East property count to nine.

Arabian Business: why we're going behind a paywall

For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Real news, real analysis and real insight have real value – especially at a time like this. Unlimited access ArabianBusiness.com can be unlocked for as little as $4.75 per month. Click here for more details.