(MENAFN Editorial) FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI), the hotel management company that operates Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swisstel Hotels & Resorts announced at Arabian Travel Market it will open seven new hotels in the Middle East, Africa and India region “ aiming to double its regional footprint by 2020.
The group has 19 existing hotels in the region and new developments will debut in key markets including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Nigeria.
In Saudi Arabia, the Raffles Jeddah will have 180 rooms and 188 branded residences as well as special wedding suites, penthouse entertainment suite and a 1,200 sq m spa and fitness club, while the 350-room Swisstel Jeddah will feature extensive meeting spaceand the Purovel Spa and Sport Centre with indoor and outdoor pools.
Another Swisstel hotel is to open in a mixed-use developmnt close to Dubai International Airport “ the Swisstel Jaddaf will have 276 rooms, meeting space and spa and be the first of the brand in the Lower Gulf.
Meanwhile, in Egypt, FRHI has a mega project with Citystars ongoing in Sharm-El-Sheikh that will comprise three hotels, a boutique desert resort with 80 'tent' units and a signature golf course.
In a phased opening, a Fairmont property with 457 rooms and 232 residences will launched next year, followed by the first Swisstel in Egypt offering 400 rooms and 400 residences overlooking the Crystal Lagoon and then Raffles Citystars Sharm-El-Sheikh which will have 250 rooms and 50 residential villas plus a 2,500 sq m event and conference island and Colin Montgomery 18-hole championship golf course.
In Nigeria, the first Fairmont in Lagos will feature 220 rooms, 50 residents, extensive meeting space and a Willow Stream Spa.