Choice Hotels Europe has signed a master license agreement with Saudi-based Seera Hospitality to open at least ten hotels across the kingdom within the next five years.
The first three properties – Clarion Jeddah Airport, Comfort King Road Jeddah, and Comfort Olaya Riyadh – are due to open at the end of this year and are available to pre-book now.
Clarion Hotel Jeddah Airport has 200 rooms and is located on the Prince Majid Road, just three minutes away from the new King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and Jeddah Airport Train Station.
The Comfort King Road, with 125 extended stay suites, is located in one of the most prominent areas of Jeddah and in close proximity to the Jeddah Corniche, Jeddah International Airport, and the Madinah Road.
The Comfort Olaya Riyadh is located in Olaya, in the city’s central business district near the iconic Kingdom Tower. The hotel boasts 97 well-appointed extended stay suites, as well as a rooftop lounge with unique views of the Riyadh skyline.
Seera is at the forefront of travel and tourism recovery efforts in the kingdom and beyond, and as part of the agreement, currently there are several identified projects for Choice Hotels brands throughout Saudi Arabia in various stages of development.
Choice Hotels EMEA CEO Jonathan Mills said: “I am excited to continue this master license agreement in Saudi Arabia and welcoming Seera group and the forthcoming properties to our portfolio.”
“With these openings, we reposition our division as Choice Hotels EMEA, further supporting our growth strategy and focus on investing in our business for our stakeholders,” he stated.
“We are the only global hotel company to enter the Middle East market through Saudi Arabia, a country placing a substantive focus on developing travel and tourism. By entering the region together with a strong hospitality group, we strive to increase Choice Hotels footprint in the region,” remarked Mills.
“We have been focused on this approach for some time, so I am pleased to be continuing this agreement,” he added.
Mills said he expects to open the first of the properties within the third quarter of this year.
Seera Group CEO Majed Alnefaie said: “Saudi Arabia is recording transformational growth through path-breaking initiatives, including a focus on strengthening the entire tourism sector. Together with Choice Hotels EMEA, we aim to set new standards in the Middle East hospitality sector.”
“Across our portfolio of travel brands, Seera Group has several platforms to promote travel and tourism to achieve the Kingdom’s vision and this agreement continues to be a great step towards realizing that vision,” he added.
Seera Chief Hospitality Officer Shuja Zaidi said: “Our new Clarion and Comfort hotels are setting new standards for the next generation of hotels in the region. The design of these new hotels has engaged state-of-the-art technology blended with Arabian hospitality to introduce unique and best-in-class product in the Middle Eastern markets.”
“In teaming with Choice Hotels, we found the perfect collaborator to achieve these goals,” she added.