Accor signs deal for new Novotel in Riyadh
Riyadh, June 24, 2014
Accor Hotel Services Middle East, a leading hospitality group, has signed a management agreement with United Youth Company (UYC) to develop a new Novotel on Olaya Street in Riyadh.
Novotel Riyadh Olaya will feature 215 rooms with dedicated meeting spaces, a fitness centre, wellness facilities and a swimming pool with deck, said a statement.
Guests can enjoy all-day dining and a lobby lounge with a café corner in addition to 24/7 room services, it said.
The new hotel is currently at the planning stage and is planned to be completed in 2017.
Chritophe Landais, chief operating officer, Accor, said: “Saudi Arabia is an important market for Accor, with significant demand for hotels to meet the growing needs of business travellers. We are pleased to develop this new Novotel with United Youth Company, our second Novotel in Riyadh, and expand our midscale brand in the capital.”
Mutaz Hassanain, president of UYC, said: “I would like to thank my own team and the Accor team for the professional and speedy conclusion of this agreement. I am proud to be associated with the Accor Novotel brand and I look forward to working closely with the Accor management team through the design, construction and operation of the Novotel Riyadh Olaya.
“Our vision at UYC is “Sauniah fi Saudia” (made in Saudi) and I firmly believe that our inward investment in this hotel, serving the financial district, will demonstrate the UYC commitment to the Saudi economy through sourcing requirements locally and providing employment opportunities for Saudi nationals.”
Novotel is an international midscale brand for business and leisure travellers, with hotels located in the heart of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations. It welcomes families, offering free accommodation and breakfast for two children under 16.
It is the second Novotel in Riyadh, joining the Novotel Al Anoud. The group currently operates 64 hotels across the luxury to economy segments, encompassing 15,581 rooms in the Middle East and has another 28 hotels under development, bringing the number of total properties to 92. - TradeArabia News Service