Radisson Hotel Group grows Saudi footprint

Radisson Hotel Group’s upper-midscale Park Inn brand has opened its second hotel in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, also known as Mecca. 

The group’s Saudi Arabian portfolio now has 43 hotels and more than 9,400 rooms in operation and under development.

“The Kingdom’s drive towards economic diversification has seen it present an ambitious vision to create a world-class tourism destination," Tim Cordon, Radisson's area SVP, Middle East & Africa, said in a statement. "As one of the fastest-growing hotel companies in Saudi Arabia, we are committed to supporting this growth across all market segments. The new Park Inn by Radisson hotel will support the increase in pilgrim travelers seeking affordable accommodation ... The growth of religious tourism to the Kingdom and the holy city of Makkah for local and international travelers continues to increase year on year, and we are well placed to provide all the essentials.”

As the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed, Makkah is considered Islam's holiest city. It draws several million visitors from around the world during the Hajj period, a mandatory Islamic pilgrimage held annually.

The Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Aziziyah is 6 kilometers from Al Masjid Al Haram, the biggest mosque in the world and the holiest site in Islam. The hotel is also close to the holy sites of Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifah, as well as Jabal Thawr and Jabal Nur. This allows guests to make the most of their pilgrimage and easily complete their Hajj obligations. 

The hotel has 355 rooms and suites, most of which overlook the city. Public spaces include a lobby cafe, a restaurant, a spa and fitness center as well as two meeting rooms that can accommodate 100 people.