New signing aligns with Saudi government’s plan to develop tourism in secondary cities and reinforces IHG’s expansion strategy in the Kingdom
IHG®Hotels and resortsone of the world’s leading hotel companies, announced the signing of a management agreement with Al Rabea Hotels and Trading Co. to Holiday Inn Najran – a conversion property in the city of Najran in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The hotel returns to the IHG family after operating as a Holiday Inn hotel from 1995 to 2015.
With this signing, IHG continues to diversify its portfolio in the country to cater to a new segment of travellers, while aligning with the government’s growth plan for secondary cities in the Kingdom. The new hotel is expected to be fully renamed by the end of 2023, with completion in two phases.
Located in the heart of Najran city, Holiday Inn Najran enjoys a beautiful setting, surrounded by a lush landscape of trees and overlooking the mountains. Located 20 km from the city center and 18 km from the airport, the hotel will be easily accessible by visitors.
Following the renovation and rebranding, the 87-key hotel will offer 82 well-appointed rooms and five villas for business and leisure travelers, complemented by leisure facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, gym, a sauna, a hammam and a jacuzzi. Additionally, the hotel offers a variety of dining options, including an all-day dining restaurant, coffee shop, lobby lounge, and poolside lounge. Business travelers will also have access to four spacious meeting rooms equipped for informal meetings or formal presentations.
Speaking during the announcement, Haitham Mattar, Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa, IHG said, “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Al Rabea Hotels and Trading Co back to the IHG family and once again establish our presence in the city of Najran. As IHG grows within the Kingdom, we aim to help achieve the nation’s ambitions and support the development of tourism in secondary cities. As one of the most beloved brands in the world, Holiday Inn is ideal for families and explorers who frequent emerging destinations like Najran.
We are confident that Holiday Inn Najran will meet the needs of guests visiting the city and looking for a familiar and welcoming experience. ”
Sheikh Mohammed Mana Rabea Al Garishah, Chairman, Al Rabea Hotels and Trading Co. added:“Given IHG’s history and strong heritage in the Kingdom, we are honored to partner with them again to bring the much-loved Holiday Inn brand back to the city of Najran. We are confident that this partnership will not only provide best-in-class service to guests visiting the city for years to come, but will also add value to our business through the power of the Holiday Inn brand and backed by experience. from IHG, the industry’s leading global systems and loyalty program.
He added: As investors, we have seen great value in the equity of the Holiday Inn brand and the profit margins that this brand brings to our investment.
The Holiday Inn brand, with hotels around the world, has helped millions of travelers discover new places and connect with one another since its inception in 1952. Designed to meet the needs of business travelers and leisure, Holiday Inn hotels deliver memorable experiences through welcoming hospitality and service, contemporary design that blends the familiar with the new, and a sense of comfort unique to the brand and its iconic green sign.
IHG currently operates 36 hotels in Saudi Arabia under five brands, including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Voco. Another 28 hotels are under development and should open within three to five years.
**Figures at 31st December 2021**