DevelopmentOpeningsCourtyard by Marriott Enters Saudi Arabia

Courtyard by Marriott Enters Saudi Arabia

DUBAI, UAE—Marriott International Inc. celebrated the opening of the Courtyard Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter. Courtyard by Marriott already has a strong footprint in the region with properties in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Abdullah bin Abdul Rahman Al-Meqbel, Mayor of Riyadh, participated in the official opening celebrations which included associates, VIP customers, and a number of dignitaries from the diplomatic corps stationed nearby.

The new hotel appeals to travelers looking for a prime location close to the Diplomatic Quarter. At the Arabian Travel Market in the United Arab Emirates last week, Marriott International announced that it is putting emphasis on expansion in the region through the Courtyard, Residence Inn, and Marriott Executive Apartments brands. These developments are taking place in response to customer demand and regional travel trends.

“We’re thrilled by the continued expansion of our lodging portfolio in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to participate in the economic development of the Diplomatic Quarter,” said Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director – Marriott International Middle East and Africa. “Tourism in the Kingdom has strong growth potential with an average increase of 6.5 percent year-over-year projected through 2014. We’re confident that this hotel will continue to be successful because of its ability to cater for a variety of clientele and its superb location adjacent to the Diplomatic Quarter.”