The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National
Heritage (SCTH) said the number of hotels increased by 6 percent in 2017 to
reach 2,036 compared to 1,908 in 2016.
Furnished apartments were recorded at 6,940 and
hospital entities amounted to 506,716 rooms this year, a 17 percent increase
compared to 421,074 rooms in 2016.
The annual SCTH survey over tourist establishments
revealed the number of travel agencies in the Kingdom went up to 2,294 this
year while tourism-trip organizers increased by 30 percent compared to last
year to reach 519 in total.
The number of tourist guides reached 461 while the
number of resorts amounted to 36.
Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s busiest city for hotel
construction with almost 50 hotel projects currently underway, according to a
The 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview
report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, prepared for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, found
that the Kingdom’s capital city is preparing to add 48 new properties to its
already vast hotel portfolio.
Riyadh leads the hotel boom closely followed by
Jeddah. Across the country, the report reveals that 170 hotels and 60,395 rooms
are currently in various stages in the construction pipeline.
Hilton is noted as one of the top hotel operators in
the country. Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences is one of three new hotels
the brand will bring to the Kingdom in 2017.
Kamel Ajami, vice president (KSA operations) at
Hilton, said: “Our presence in Saudi Arabia goes back over 20 years. We have
ambitious plans for expansion with up to 29 hotels in the pipeline and by the
end of 2018, I expect to oversee double the number of hotels than I do at
present.” – AN