Best Western opens in Makkah
Makkah, August 10, 2013
Best Western International has announced the opening of its first property in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Makkah.
Located in the cultural centre of Makkah, just a few minutes’ drive from the Holy Mosque, Best Western Plus Bakkah Awan Hotel is perfectly situated for the millions of pilgrims visiting the city, said a statement.
The hotel features a range of upscale facilities including a restaurant, coffee shop, kid’s club and business centre. There is also a shuttle bus service offering transfers to the Holy Mosque.
The hotel’s 152 rooms come equipped with modern amenities such as cable television, coffee and tea making facilities, safes and refrigerators. Several adjoining rooms are available for larger groups and families, and internet is free in all areas of the hotel.
“Tourism in Saudi Arabia is booming. Religious and pilgrimage travel is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the industry, and Makkah is at its heart,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western’s vice president international operations – Asia & the Middle East.
The opening of hotel marks the latest phase of the company’s rapid expansion in the Middle East. Only last year Best Western launched its first hotels in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Jordan, and this year the company debuted in Kuwait.
By the end of 2015, Best Western plans to be operating at least 3,600 hotel rooms across 22 properties in eight Middle Eastern countries, the statement said. –TradeArabia News Service