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Best Western Debuts in Holy Makkah

 Best Western International – ‘The World’s Largest Hotel Chain?’ - has announced the opening of its first property in the Saudi Arabian Holy City of Makkah.

Located in the cultural center of Makkah (also known as Mecca), just a few minutes’ drive from the Holy Mosque, BEST WESTERN PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel is perfectly situated for the millions of travelers visiting the city for the two annual pilgrimages, the Hajj and Umrah.

As a BEST WESTERN PLUS property, the hotel features a range of upscale facilities including a restaurant, coffee shop, kid’s club and business center. There is also a shuttle bus service offering transfers to the Holy Mosque.
 
The hotel’s 152 rooms all come equipped with modern amenities such as cable television, coffee and tea making facilities, safes and refrigerators. Several adjoining rooms are available for larger groups and families, and - as with all Best Westerns around the world - internet is free in all areas of the hotel.

“Tourism in Saudi Arabia is booming. Religious and pilgrimage travel is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the industry, and Makkah is at its heart,” said Glenn de Souza, Best Western’s Vice President International Operations – Asia & the Middle East.

“The city receives more than three million pilgrims during the Hajj and around six million for the Umrah, and Best Western is delighted to be able to cater for these visitors with a modern, upscale accommodation choice. We are confident that BEST WESTERN PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel will be extremely popular with all visitors to Makkah,” Mr. de Souza added.

The opening of BEST WESTERN PLUS Bakkah Awan Hotel marks the latest phase of the company’s rapid expansion in the Middle East. Only last year Best Western launched its first hotels in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Jordan, and this year the company debut in Kuwait.
 
By the end of 2015, Best Western plans to be operating at least 3,600 hotel rooms across 22 properties in eight Middle Eastern countries.
 
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ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL

Best Western International is 'THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN?', comprising more than 4,000* independently owned and operated hotels in 100* countries and territories worldwide. Offering three distinct brand levels - midscale BEST WESTERN, upscale BEST WESTERN PLUS and luxury BEST WESTERN PREMIER - the company is able to cater for the needs of any business or leisure traveler. Best Western first launched in Asia & the Middle East in 2001 and now covers 27* countries in the region. For hotel owners, Best Western offers a broad range of operational support, including sales, marketing and distribution, with online, mobile and social media booking capabilities. The award-winning Best Western Rewards? guest loyalty program also has 15 million members. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwesternasia.com.


 

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