Global hotel chain signs deal with Turkish group

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 23/09/2009
Global hotel chain signs deal with Turkish group

RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries which host over 2.7 million guests a year.

RIU Hotels & Resorts, a hotel chain jointly owned by tour operator TUI and the Riu family, has signed a cooperation contract with Turkey’s Kaya Holding.

As a first step for this collaboration, starting summer 2010, the five-star hotels Kaya Belek and Kaya Select, located in the southern city of Antalya, will be commercialized under RIU’s management. An expansion of the common projects is planned in the mid term, for Turkey and also Northern Cyprus.

“After an intense and careful search, RIU has found in Kaya Hotels & Resorts a reputable partner for its hotel projects in Turkey,” the firm said last week in a note on its Web site. Kaya Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Kaya Holding, has accomplished RIU standards and can be integrated into RIU’s portfolio without any problems, it said. “Both companies share the same high service and quality standards, as well as a common interest to expand and develop hotel business and tourism in Turkey.”

The future Riu Kaya hotels are located in Antalya. Kaya Belek offers 506 rooms and it will be managed from summer 2010 as Riu Kaya Belek. Kaya Select will offer its 346 rooms as ClubHotel Riu Kaya Select. Both accommodations will offer the All Inclusive by RIU service starting next summer. The hotels are located very close to each other and have their own golf course.

Kaya Holding was founded in 1974 as a construction company. Its subsidiary Kaya Hotels & Resorts owns seven hotels in Turkey and in Northern Cyprus with 7,500 beds. The company, which has a workforce of 2,500 employees, is also active in the construction, petrol and beverage sectors.

RIU Hotels & Resorts now has more than 100 hotels in 16 countries which host over 2.7 million guests a year. RIU is currently the world’s 28th ranked chain, according to HOTELS magazine, one of the Caribbean’s most popular and the third largest in Spain by revenue and number of rooms.

Meanwhile, Europe’s largest tourism company TUI said last week that Turkey’s popularity in tourism is rising, reported the Anatolia news agency.

Noting that that the global turmoil has negatively affected the tourism sector, the firm said that destinations like Turkey and Egypt have gained in popularity at the expense of Spain. Turkey gives value for the money in the tourism sector, according to the firm.

22 September 2009 – Quoted from Hurriyet News

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