Hilton announces Saudi expansion

Hilton has signed
an agreement to manage up to 13 Garden Inn properties in the Kingdom of Saudi
Arabia.

The deal will
mark the debut of Hilton’s mid-market, “focused service” brand in the Middle
East and Africa region, with the first property due to open in Riyadh in 2009.

Garden Inn brand standards include the Garden Sleep System bed, complimentary high speed internet access,
24-hour business centre and fitness centre.

Hilton says
that the GCC (and specifically the Kingdom
of Saudi Arabia) is one
of its top ten key development markets internationally. It already operates
four properties in Saudi
Arabia: three Hilton hotels in Jeddah,
Makkah and Madinah, and the 46-suite Waldorf Astoria property, ‘Qasr Al Sharq’
in Jeddah.

For more
information visit hilton.com, and for a look at hotel development across Saudi Arabia,
see our report in the December 2008 / January 2009 edition of Business
Traveller
.

Report by
Mark Caswell


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