By Andy Sambidge
Crowne Plaza Madinah adds 506 rooms and suites to the city's hotel inventory
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) said on Wednesday it has opened the first Crowne Plaza in the holy city of Madinah, Saudi Arabia.
The largest international hotel group in Saudi Arabia both by number of rooms and number of hotels, said the Crowne Plaza Madinah adds 506 rooms and suites to the city's hotel inventory.
The hotel is just steps away from Masjid Nabawi, the second holiest site in Islam and one of the largest mosques in the world, IHG said in a statement.
Mostafa Blanco, general manager of Crowne Plaza Madinah, said: "With the one of the best locations in the Holy City of Madinah, we are confident that Crowne Plaza Madinah is the perfect destination, not only for religious travellers, but also for business and leisure guests."
Pascal Gauvin, chief operating officer, India, Middle East and Africa for IHG, added: "We have a long history in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, having opened our first hotel in the country in 1975, and we're proud of our commitment to the country.
"This will be our fourth Crowne Plaza in Saudi Arabia and we are confident that, like its sister hotels, it will enjoy resounding success."
IHG currently operates 23 hotels featuring 5,600 rooms in the Gulf kingdom. Crowne Plaza Madinah is the fourth IHG hotel in Madinah and Makkah, alongside three InterContinental hotels.