Coral International Hotel Al Khobar hosted a special evening for the travel trade in the coastal city on April 9 to showcase its facilities as part of the Coral Hotels & Resorts roadshow that followed HMH’s – Hospitality Management Holdingshighly successful participation in the recently concluded Saudi Travel & Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) 2012 held in Riyadh.
“It’s been a hectic and eventful week for the hotel, beginning with our very successful showing at the STTIM, where we had the pleasure to greet Prince Sultan bin Salaman and Prince Mohammed bin Nasser during their visit to our stand, and culminating with an exclusive gathering of travel trade and media in the Eastern Province,” observed Abdul Karim Al Atiq, the Hotel’s Regional General Manager, with a sense of immense satisfaction.
He has reason to feel satisfied. “Our hotel has been the flag-bearer of the Coral brand in Saudi Arabia ever since our launch five years ago and the reputation we have established for dynamism, top-drawer quality and international standards in this short span of time has received ample recognition at the STTIM, where we were adjudged among the top six best 5-star hotels in the Kingdom for the prestigious and hotly contested ‘Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards’,” he added proudly.
According to Abdul Karim, the majestic 130-room 5-star hotel has made a name for itself for its refinement, luxurious facilities, personalised service and outstanding amenities that have proved a magnet for business and leisure travellers as well as families, both international and domestic.The hotel provides luxurious accommodation with all its rooms specially designed with cutting-edge technology to cater to a range of styles and expectations.
Corporates can hold international conferences or use the self-contained meeting rooms of its fully-equipped business centre for smaller conclaves while the leisure and wellness facilities include an indoor swimming pool, health club with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, sauna, steam rooms and Jacuzzis. In addition, dining options include the international menu of the all-day dining Al Nafoora restaurant or lighter fare at the Rumours Café.
“HMH is a big believer in Saudi Arabia, being among the most dynamic players in thehospitality sector with nearly 40 per cent of its portfolio concentrated in the Kingdom. We are one with this commitment and very much part of the country’s thrust to develop the tourism sector,” Abdul Karim stressed.
The World Travel And Tourism Council estimates that travel and tourism will contribute 3.1% of the kingdom’s GDP, or sr49.2 billion, this year, while the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) says the sector, which stands in second place in the government’s campaign for Saudization, has 26% Saudis on its employment rolls.
The Coral International Hotel – Al Khobarmirrors the Kingdom’s tourism thrust, reflecting the coastal city’s growth from a small port city on the Eastern Province coast-line into a major commercial hub with a growing tourism profile. Centrally located to suit the needs of business and leisure visitors, it lies within easy reach of the Gold Souk, Prince Mohd Bin Fahd Amusement Park, Rashed Mall and Saudi Aramco Exhibit.
As Abdul Karim observes, the hotel is steeped in the signature essence of the Coral brand, which is synonymous with exceptional hospitality, respect for local culture and national ambitions, and commitment to innovation.