The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has announced the signing of nine hotel management agreements with international hotel brands to operate resorts in the first phase of the project.
The agreements were unveiled at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) 2021.
The collection of hospitality brands is set to operate nine of the 16 properties currently under development in the first phase.
Collectively the brands confirmed total will control more than 1,700 hotel keys from the total of 3,000 planned for phase one.
These include Edition Hotels and St Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International; Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and SLS Hotels & Residences, part of global hospitality group Accor; Grand Hyatt, part of Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts and Six Senses, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts; and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, a global luxury hospitality company.
“Saudi Arabia is accelerating its development of a new tourism offering in the kingdom, fuelled by the ambitious Vision 2030 program.
“We are proud to unveil our collection of unique and diverse hospitality brands that cater to this growing market and underpin our commitment to creating a world-leading barefoot luxury destination which will soon serve as a gateway to one of the last undiscovered places on the planet,” said John Pagano, chief executive at TRSDC.
“Most importantly, such partnerships with globally recognized and respected brands signifies the growing confidence in our business, our flagship destination and in Saudi Arabia as a tourism destination.”
The announcement underscores the investment potential as Saudi Arabia continues its economic diversification in line with Vision 2030.
By 2030, the Red Sea Project expects to host one million visitors annually, capped in line with its sustainability ambitions, creating upwards of 70,000 new jobs and contributing SAR22 billion (US$5.3 billion) to the national GDP once fully operational.
Each brand at the Red Sea Project has embraced the vision of the project and have agreed to work together to collaborate in making the destination a success.
The partners have welcomed the industry-pioneering sustainability standards of TRSDC and the broader commitment towards regenerative tourism development.
“Hospitality is the anchor of The Red Sea Project.
“We are determined to create a world-class luxury destination and the hotel brands we partner with play a crucial role in delivering on this ambition.
“Our partnerships are cemented through a collaborative framework that emphasize synchronicity between all brands.
“In doing so, we aim to create more value and maximise destination success, empowering stakeholders to benefit from shared best practices and economies of scale,” said Jay Rosen, chief financial officer at TRSDC.
“The hotel management agreements unveiled today mark a significant milestone for us and we welcome more hotel operators, developers and investors to join us in our journey to build a thriving destination for visitors from around the world.”
Upon completion in 2030, the site will host 50 hotels offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and approximately 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites.
The first phase will also include a luxury marina, an 18-hole championship golf course, entertainment and leisure facilities, as well as an international airport.