Hotel operator says to create over 6,000 jobs in Saudi expansion


Millennium Hotels & Resorts MEA will open six new hotels in Saudi Arabia as part of an ambitious expansion plan to create thousands of jobs in the Gulf kingdom.

In its first phase, the plan includes the opening of hotels in Makkah, Madinah, Tabouk, Jizan and Baha in addition to recently opened Millennium and Copthorne Makkah Al Naseem hotels.

The move reinforces the Millennium Hotels and Resorts portfolio and will initially create over 6,000 new jobs in the Saudi Arabia’s hospitality industry.

In line with the Saudi Vision 2030, which focuses on diversification of the economy, Millennium Hotels and Resorts said it foresees massive growth in the travel, tourism and hotel sector of Saudi Arabia.

Kevork Deldelian, chief operating officer of Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa, said: “We are fully committed to strategic expansion in Saudi Arabia, extending our reach across the entire kingdom, with new hotels planned to open in various locations in the next two years. New properties are set to become key landmarks in different cities of the kingdom.

“Millennium brand is deeply rooted in the Middle East and boast of a better understanding of the local culture and heritage. Millennium brand portfolio includes dry and Sharia-compliant hotels, leisure resorts and business hotels, each tailored to meet the needs of its surrounding and source markets such as Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Millennium Hotels and Resorts owns, asset manages and operates over 130 hotels worldwide with almost 40,000 rooms. The company currently operates 42 hotels with almost 14,000 keys in addition to 10 hotels are due to open in 2019 and 35 hotels in the pipeline across the region.

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