Starwood Hotels & Resorts Expands Presence in Saudi Arabia
Monday June 24th, 2013 - 9:31AM B
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MAKKAH, SAUDI ARABIA—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed an agreement with Jabal Omar Development Company to open three new hotels in the Holy City of Makkah. As part of the Jabal Omar Development project, Starwood will add 1,496 rooms to the city under the company’s Sheraton, Westin and Four Points by Sheraton brands when the hotels open in 2015.
The Sheraton Makkah Hotel will boast 532 guest rooms and suites featuring the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. The hotel will also feature five food and beverage venues, including two large buffet restaurants to suit the schedules of guests.
The Westin Makkah will feature 513 guest rooms and suites outfitted with the Westin Heavenly Bed and the Heavenly Bath. Westin Makkah will offer two large buffet restaurants for guests, as well as a specialty restaurant and two lounges.
Four Points by Sheraton Makkah will feature 451 comfortable guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge, a business center and over 1,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
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When you hear all the lodging industry projections for the months and years to come, much of the robust growth is forecast to be the result of the expected influx of travelers from China. In what could only be seen as good news for the industry, that expectation moved a little closer to reality when President Obama signed a visa waiver extension for Chinese travelers earlier this month.