Starwood to spend $200m on Le Meridien upgrades

Group to upgrade 13 hotels in UAE, Saudi, Egypt, Mauritius and Gabon

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai

Hotels group Starwood has announced that it is to spend more than $200m upgrading its portfolio of Le Meridien hotels in the Middle East and Africa.

The company said that it will renovate 13 hotels over the next three years, including its three hotels in Dubai, one in Abu Dhabi and the Al Aqah resort in Fujairah.

It is also upgrading its three outlets in Saudi Arabia (Al Khobar, Jeddah and Makkah), two hotels in Cairo and outlets in Gabon and Mauritius.

Brian Povinelli, who is in charge of the Le Méridien and Westin brands for Starwood, said: "“Since acquiring Le Méridien in 2005, Starwood and its hotel ownership groups have made a tremendous effort to enhance and create a consistent portfolio around the world.

“Le Méridien now boasts the best performance measures in the brand’s history, and our focused efforts on the Middle East and Africa hotels will only help ensure Le Méridien maintains its best portfolio ever.”

Le Meridien has also recently announced plans to open ten new hotels over the next year, including a new 350-room property attached to Cairo Airport.

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