The Said Hotels and Tourism Group recently opened a new hotel in Sanaa, Yemen, and is making plans to open a new five-star Said Sofitir Hotel in the Yemeni city of Taiz by the end of the current year. The Said Mercury Hotel, to be operated by the French Mercury Group, is the group’s first such project, according to Al-Hayat> daily.
Facilities for the Said Mercury will include 70 rooms, 91 double and single beds, a cafe, a restaurant and a sports club. The second tourist complex, yet to be built, will consist of 136 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, a 400-seat banquet hall, a sports club, and parking lot. Total costs for this project are estimated at $15-16 million.
These projects represent attempts to boost the Yemen’s suffering tourism sector in the wake of the kidnap and murder of four European tourists in the district of Abin in December of 1998, as well as the bombing of the US warship USS Cole in the port of Aden late last year.
As a result of the dramatic drop in the number of visitors to the country, more that $200,000 in revenues were lost during the years 1999 and 2000. — (MENA Report)
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