Spanish hotel firm eyes up to 10 MidEast openings

Melia Hotels International says it is eyeing major expanison in the region over the next five years
Spanish hotel firm eyes up to 10 MidEast openings
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By Monika Canty
Sun 21 Aug 2011 05:49 PM

Spanish hotel company, Melia Hotels International is eyeing major expansion within the Middle East region over the coming few years.

Andre P Gerondeau, executive vice president, Melia Hotels International, said the company had plans to launch up to 10 hotels in the region within the next five years, Hotelier Middle East reported on Sunday.

“This is the minimum we expect to see,” he said.

“We have been actively participating in discussions to launch hotels in Qatar, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. We see the GCC as an important part of the company’s’ strategy so you should expect announcements within the next 18-24 months.”

Melia Hotels International will open its first Middle East property, Melia Dubai in October this year.

The 164-room, five-star hotel located in Bur Dubai close to Port Rashid, will feature bring a “Spanish and Latin flair to Dubai” said Gerondeau.

Gerondeau said the company would look at launching three of its hotel brands in the Middle East - Melia, ME by Melia hotels and Gran Melia – with “at least two of the three to be present in Dubai.”

The company only recently rebranded from Sol Melia to Melia Hotels International in line with its global expansion.

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