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Accor opens hospitality complex in Jeddah
November 11, 2019

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, has opened the doors to a modern hospitality complex featuring an Ibis hotel and an Adagio aparthotel in one of Jeddah’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.

Ibis Jeddah and Adagio Jeddah are co-located on Malik Road, close to the new Jeddah Waterfront development, and the city’s most prestigious, business, shopping and entertainment districts and 20 minutes from King Abdul Aziz International"...

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First voco hotel opens in Saudi Arabia
November 11, 2019

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has opened the 5-star voco Riyadh, the first voco hotel in Saudi Arabia’s capital in partnership with Saudi-based developer Wasata Al Wosta Real Estate.

The 5 star flagship property in the Kingdom underwent major redesigning and rebranding to launch under the voco brand.

As part of extensive renovations being carried out at the property, the 5 star"...

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Saudi Arabia to welcome renowned Coachella Valley-based Desert X Art Biennial in 2020
November 10, 2019

ALULA — Over the past year, Saudi Arabia has programmed a nation-wide events calendar packed full of entertainment, art, culture, and fun, as a means to bolster tourism at home, and it seems that next year will be no different.

This week, various news reports claim that the Kingdom, which has enjoyed a wave of top-notch international acts and shows over the last few months, will welcome in 2020Desert X, an international, contemporary art exhibition"...

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Cozy Greek Mediterranean restaurant launched in Jeddah
November 7, 2019

JEDDAH — Mykonos Bistro, a cozy Greek Mediterranean restaurant taking Jeddah’s food lovers by the storm. Tucked in a corner of one of the busiest streets in town on Quraish Street, we found this hidden gem celebrating the launch of its new menu setup in the presence of many well recognized people from the community, French Consulate, Canadian Consulate and the Greek Consulate.

In this beautiful array of authentic flavors brought to town by"...

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Growing tourism to be a key topic of G20 Riyadh summit
November 7, 2019

riyadh: Tourism will be one of the key topics for discussion when Saudi Arabia hosts next year’s G20 summit in Riyadh, the Kingdom’s sector chief has revealed.

The country aims to attract 100 million visitors a year while creating 1 million new jobs by 2030, ministers at a world tourism conference heard.

Ahmad"...

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New $133m Discover Saudi platform launched to drive tourism
November 7, 2019

Saudi-based Seera Group has unveiled the kingdom’s first integrated destination management company, under the brand name, Discover Saudi.

The company said the launch at the World Travel Market in London is set to catalyse international inbound tourism as well as domestic tourism.

Discover Saudi is a SR500"...

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Rotana to launch three new properties in Saudi Arabia
November 6, 2019

Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region, is set to open three new properties in Saudi Arabia in the coming months, said a top official at a key travel industry event being held in London.

Rotana currently operates 68 properties in 25 cities across 14 countries in the Middle East,"...

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Saudi Arabia aims to be in world’s top five tourist destinations
November 5, 2019

RIYADH — The National Tourism Strategy expects the Kingdom to be among the top five tourist destinations in the world by 2030 when the revenues generated by tourism will reach about 10 percent of the GDP instead of the present three percent.

The strategy, formulated by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH), aims at creating more than a million new jobs in the tourism sector.

It explained that the new jobs would"...

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Saudi Unesco site At-Turaif to open to public this month
November 5, 2019

The Unesco-listed site of At-Turaif in Saudi Arabia is to be opened to the public this month, CEO of Diriyah Gate Development Authority, Jerry Inzerillo has revealed.

At-Turaif, often billed by Saudi officials as the ‘jewel of the Kingdom’, was founded as a permanent settlement in 1446 due to its fertile farmlands and date groves along the Wadi Hanifah valley.

The"...

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Travelport inks new distribution deal with Saudia
November 4, 2019

Travelport, a leading technology company serving the travel industry, has announced that it has reached a new distribution agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the kingdom’s flag carrier.

Under the agreement, Travelport will continue to support Saudia by providing more than 68,000 Travelport-connected"...

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