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IntercityHotel expands into Saudi Arabia

The IntercityHotel brand is continuing its expansion on the Arabian Peninsula. The IntercityHotel Riyadh Malaz will open for business before end of the year. This represents the company’s first move into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. IntercityHotel’s contractual partner is East Consulting Engineering Center.

The IntercityHotel Riyadh Malaz will be a new build project that will accommodate a total of 86 rooms including four suites. The hotel’s food and beverage offerings will comprise a restaurant and lounge, as well as several conference rooms for business travellers. Sporting facilities will include a gym and a roof-top pool.

Ahmed M Alabdulkarim, owner and founder of the East Consulting Engineering Center said: “This move reflects growth in hotel investments that is taking place in Saudi Arabia and aims to tap into the overall tourism potential in general and by Riyadh in particular. It also aligns with the country’s ‘Vision 2030’ plan to diversify into various economic sectors including tourism and hospitality. This is expected to drive a new era of national growth.”

Deutsche Hospitality already has a presence in the region in the form of the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai and the IntercityHotel Salalah in Oman. This latest contractual agreement brings the number of IntercityHotels being developed on the Arabian Peninsula to four. Alongside Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, another project in Dubai and two further locations in Muscat and Nizwa in Oman.

Thomas Willms joins Deutsche Hospitality

Thoms Willms

The Supervisory Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG has announced that Thomas Willms will join the Management Board with effect from 1 June 2017.

This additional appointment underlines course of future expansion being pursued by Deutsche Hospitality. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Willms will be responsible for operations, sales and marketing of all brands, Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts, Jaz in the City and IntercityHotel.

Willms was previously in charge of all hotels and activities in Central and Eastern Europe in his capacity as senior vice president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. As Chief Executive Officer (CEO),

will continue to hold responsibility for strategy, business development, communication, corporate marketing and social responsibility.