Moutaz F. Kayal, Chairman, Elaf Group of Companies, the pioneers of travel, tourism and hotel industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has announced an ambitious expansion drive for the group in the Middle East tourism sector, as well as the launch of Elaf Al Rayan Makkah, the 135 room – four star A hotel in Makkah, at a press conference held in Dubai today (Monday, 2 May 2005). With the opening of Elaf Al Rayyan Makkah, the portfolio of hotels managed by the group in Makkah, Medina and Jeddah has increased to 13, with other hotels being planned to open in the next two years. Elaf Al Rayan Makkah will be opened in August 2005 as the seventh hotel managed by Elaf in Makkah. Moutaz F. Kayal has also announced other major developments, including the opening of three other hotels in Makkah, Medina and Jeddah adding another 1000 rooms to its portfolio and the Red Sea Complex, the region’s most luxurious shopping destination that will include a four star hotel, an all suite hotel. “The Saudi Arabian travel and hospitality industry is showing significant robustness due to interregional travel and the maturity of tourism industry and the business sector in the kingdom. As the leading hospitality and travel group providing the full value chain for the touristic, business or religious guests and other visitors to the kingdom, Elaf has embarked on this strategic initiative to increase the portfolio of our offerings in order to make every visitors’ travel to the kingdom, memorable and pleasurable,” said Kayal. The Central Laundries Company is one of the largest and most modern Laundry facility in the Middle East with state-of-the-art machinery and professional staff able to handle tonnes of laundry and dry cleaning items per day, to meet the increasing demand for Makkah and Jeddah cities and especially, the hotels in Makkah. “Saudi Arabian travel and tourism market packs immense potential in terms of offering historic destinations with advanced connectivity to Europe, Middle East region and the Sub Continent,” he continued. “Interregional travellers and religious tourists are on the increase year per year, so are the business travellers, thanks to the over all development witnessed by the kingdom and the region at large. We are capitalising on this, and providing the strategic infrastructure solutions that are crucial for the growth and sustenance of this sector in the region.” Elaf Travel and Tourism Company has been providing world class customer service in Saudi Arabia since 1981, with branches in Makkah, Medina, Jeddah and Riyadh. The high standards of service and derived from extensive experienced that ensured our place as the top travel agency in the Kingdom, voted by leading airlines as British Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Air India, Gulf Air, Emirates, Lufthansa, Egypt Air and other leading operators. Elaf Travel and Tourism arrange preferential rates of holidays, educational, nature and adventure tours, inbound and outbound, and is General Sales Agent (GSA), for major hotel chains, car rental companies, cruise lines and transportation companies around the world. ELAF Travel and Tourism also operates a fleet of elegant deluxe coaches for sightseeing tours and Islamic sites (Mazarat) and airport transfers. Elaf Group of Companies is the General Sales Agent for Egypt Air and Karnak Tours in addition to Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Biman Bangladesh, Air Tanzania and Air Sahara. The company is the first such organisation in the Middle East region to be awarded two-ISO certification for its hospitality and travel divisions in addition to its Chairman being elected unanimously to the post of President of the Saudi Arabian Chapter of American Association of Travel Agents (ASTA). The group has won the prestigious “Marriott One Thousand Nights Club” award for the third consecutive year at the Arabian Travel Mart. The group’s Travel and Tourism Division is the kingdoms premier tour operator and the leaders in organising inbound and outbound travel. Elaf Travel and Tourism is a licensed Hajj and Umrah operator, authorised by the Saudi Government. ELAF Group of Companies is classified among the top 100 Saudi companies and improved its grading from 82 in 2003 to grade 73 in 2004. On the other hand, Elaf Hotels Company and ELAF Travel and Tourism Companies have been awarded ISO 9001 for Quality Management System.
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