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Saudi Arabia shuts 14 hotels in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia shuts 14 hotels in Riyadh

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has shut down 14 hotels and furnished apartments after inspectors found them in violation of the set standards, Saudi Gazette has reported.

Royal Caribbean Cruises announces record year in the Middle East

Royal Caribbean Cruises announces record year in the Middle East

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. – the global cruise line – announced a record year of business for the Middle East region in 2011. From January through September 2011 bookings from the region for Royal Caribbean Cruises’ three global brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises – have increased significantly with guest volume rising by 34% compared to the same period last year.

Saudi group launches $25m Beirut hotel

Saudi group launches $25m Beirut hotel

The hotel offers four exclusive types of suites – Royal Penthouse Suite (duplex), Royal Suite, Presidential Suite and Ambassador Suite, offering 10 sea view suites, each spread out on a separate floor, according to Abdulkader Hankir, chief operating officer of KAS Investment – hospitality division.

SCTA shuts down 36 hotels and furnished apartments

SCTA shuts down 36 hotels and furnished apartments

The SCTA has warned owners of about 40 other hospitality institutions that they would face closure if they did not correct their situation before the deadline.
Last week, the commission closed 14 furnished apartments in Riyadh and gave final warning to three hotels. The institutions were closed as they were operating without licenses and were not fulfilling other SCTA conditions aimed at improving their service standards.