Al Khobar has emerged as the third top area for hotel development in Saudi Arabia this year according to a new report, demonstrating the growing market for leisure and business tourism across the Kingdom.
With 20 hotel projects underway, the city has overtaken long-term hub for religious tourism – Makkah (19 projects) – and now follows closely behind Jeddah (44 projects) and Riyadh (48 projects).
The new figures have been revealed as part of the 2017 Saudi Arabia Hotel Construction Overview report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, prepared exclusively for The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia.
Hospitality experts in the region are attributing the surge in hotel development in Al Khobar, part of the third largest metropolitan area in the Kingdom, to the industry recognised potential of ‘secondary’ cities outside of Saudi Arabia’s key visitor destinations.
Business travellers are forecast to descend on Jeddah next month for the 5th edition of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, which sees 1000s of hospitality industry professionals each year. Taking place over three days – 04-06th April 2017 – the event is co-located for the first time this year with Stone & Surface Saudi Arabia.