Saudi Arabia ?needs more three-and four-star hotels?
Onyx Hospitality Group, which aims to become one of Asia?s leading hospitality providers within five years, has lined up a number of new hotel signings and openings for 2013 at locations, including the Gulf region.
Onyx opened Amari Doha in January and is currently planning hotels in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Bahrain, Peter Henley, president and CEO of Thailand based Onyx Group, told Arab News.
?By the end of 2013, the group will have 38 operational properties with an additional 12 contracts signed for the future,? he added.
?We currently operate 34 properties with an inventory of more than 5,000 rooms, across four diverse yet complementary hospitality brands ? Saffron, Amari, Shama and Ozo ? each catering to the distinctive requirements of today?s business and leisure travelers,? Henley said.
New openings are spread across the group?s brand portfolio, which includes five star luxury brand Saffron, mid to upscale brand Amari, new select services offering OZO and serviced apartment brand Shama.
?Our research indicates that Saudi Arabia has high potential and the country needs a number of three- and four-star hotels. We have started home work on it and waiting for the right opportunity,? he said.
?For Saudi Arabia, we have four-star Amari and three-star Ozo brands,? he said.
?The Kingdom needs a number of three- and four star hotels,? he added.
?The 120-room Amari Doha is only our starter in the Gulf. We have plans to open Saffron, Shama and Amari brand properties in Dubai.
?The Dubai projects will be finalized by the end of this year. Shama and Saffron properties will be ready by 2015.? Henely said.
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Source: K.T. ABDURABB (2013). Saudi Arabia ?needs more three-and four-star hotels?, Arab News?http://www.arabnews.com/news/451658 published May 15, 2013. Viewed May 16, 2013,