Accor announces expansion plans with new hospitality concepts in Saudi Arabia
Accor will highlight its role as a pioneer of new lifestyle experiences in Saudi Arabia at the second Saudi Arabian Hospitality Investment Conference (SHIC), which takes place this week (January 21-22) in Riyadh.
The Group, which has 36 properties (close to 14,000 rooms) and 45 more in the pipeline, will outline its plans to introduce new hospitality concepts and dynamic brands that will set new trends in Saudi Arabia.
From exclusive tented camps, conservation-led projects, all-inclusive resorts and extended-stay and branded residences to cutting-edge dining, wellness, adventure and entertainment experiences that are new to Saudi Arabia, Accor will emphasise how its investment in the country’s future goes beyond hotel development and supports Vision 2030’s goals of transforming the kingdom into an exceptional destination.
“SHIC’s theme, ‘Transform Tomorrow’, could not be more apt for Accor as we look to leverage our unrivalled portfolio of diverse brands and spearhead new lifestyle experiences that showcase and preserve the very best of Saudi Arabia,” says Mark Willis, CEO, Accor Middle East & Africa.
“As a key stakeholder in Vision 2030 and the kingdom’s leading operator, we’re committed to setting new benchmarks in the hospitality sector, opening the eyes of the world to all that Saudi Arabia has to offer, from its stunning landscapes and heritage sites to its modern cities and world-class attractions and destinations.”
For two consecutive years, the Group has been selected by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) as the exclusive hospitality partner for the Winter at Tantora festival in AlUla, operating the Ashar Camp, featuring 27 tented rooms, 5 villas and 54 RV (Recreational Vechicle) camps at the multi-faceted cultural event, which this year runs until March 7.
Accor is also the first international operator to takeover and manage Shaden Resort AlUla under MGallery at the kingdom’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Similar projects are in negotiation for properties to be managed under Mantis, the luxury eco-focused brand in which Accor has a 50% stake. As a leading conservation-led hospitality company renowned for its tented accommodation concepts and commitment to preserving the communities, wildlife and the environment, Mantis has strong potential in the kingdom.
Discussions are also underway to debut exclusive and all-inclusive luxury entertainment resorts in Saudi Arabia under Turkish brand Rixos, another hospitality company in which Accor has invested.
Meanwhile, Dhahran in the Eastern Province is the chosen destination for the global debut of Accor’s new Novotel Living brand, with the upscale serviced apartment property co-located with a Novotel hotel in the landmark KFUPM Business Park project.
Accor has also signed an agreement to manage Novotel Residences Thakher City in Makkah, building on its presence as the largest operator in the Holy Cities with 11 hotels (9,661 rooms) and eight more (4,534 rooms) pipelined, dominated by its premium and luxury brands.