Choice Hotels Europe has repositioned itself as Choice Hotels EMEA as it continues its master license agreement with Seera Hospitality, a fully owned subsidiary of Seera Holding Group, a publicly listed travel company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, to open at least 10 hotels in the Saudi Arabia within the next five years.
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.
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, close to the new King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and Jeddah Airport Train Station. It is easily accessible from the Jeddah City Centre and also located close to the Mall of Arabia, one of the biggest shopping centers in Jeddah.
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 one of the most prized locations in the city’s central business district near the Kingdom Tower. The hotel has 97 extended-stay suites, as well as a rooftop lounge with views of the Riyadh skyline.
“I’m excited to continue this master license agreement in Saudi Arabia and welcoming Seera group and the forthcoming properties to our portfolio,” Choice Hotels EMEA CEO Jonathan Mills said, “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.
“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,” he added. “By entering the region together with a strong hospitality group, we strive to increase Choice Hotels footprint in the region. We have been focused on this approach for some time, so I am pleased to be continuing this agreement today. I look forward to the first properties opening within the third quarter of this year and am sure our guests will be excited by their offerings.”
Majed Alnefaie, CEO, Seera Group, 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.”
Shuja Zaidi, chief hospitality officer, Seera, 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.”
The announcement comes shortly after Helen ter Beek, senior director commercial and operation, and Edwin Broers, director deployment operations, joined the Choice Hotels leadership team, bringing a wealth of hotel operational and commercial experience. ter Beek oversees all commercial activities as well as deployment services for Choice Hotels’ partners, with Broers leading the operational onboarding of all new partners including Seera Group.