Largest Holiday Inn for Makkah pilgrims

The InterContinental Hotels Group and the Makkah Real Estate Company have signed an agreement to build the world’s largest Holiday Inn, the 1,238-room Holiday Inn Makkah, due to open in Saudi Arabia in 2016.

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Published: Tue 27 Aug 2013, 9:26 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:38 AM

The agreement responds to the boom in religious tourism to the kingdom. Over three million pilgrims participated in the Hajj in 2012, up eight per cent on the previous year, and more than half of all inbound tourists to Saudi Arabia travel to the religious cities of Makkah and Madinah throughout the year. The total number of tourists travelling to Saudi Arabia is expected to continue growing to reach 15.8 million by 2014.

This will be the first Holiday Inn on the pilgrimage route and will be located in Al Aziziyah area near the city’s business centre.

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