Staybridge Suites Rolls Out in Kuwait
Think Kuwait and you may think of Desert Storm and burning oil fields. But did you know this little country is becoming a tourist destination?
It has islands with white sand beaches, coral reefs, archaeological sites, museums, horse-racing clubs, festivals, serious shopping, and an amusement park with a haunted castle.
A testament to the success of the country's long-range tourism plan, Staybridge Suites is partnering with Intercontinental Hotels Group to roll out two new hotels -- and this is just one example of the massive outcrop of hotels and hotel chains that are scheduled to open in Kuwait city.
The company plans two new resorts. Salmiya, with 120 tricked-out suites catering to biz travelers and families, is targeted to open in November 2009. It will be situated close by the Al Hashemi II Marine Museum, and Al-Sha'ab Leisure Park, the largest amusement park in the Middle East. (You gotta check out the Al-Sha-ab website, FYI -- audio encouraged!)
The other property, Staybridge Suites Farwaniya, targeted for January 2010, will be just west of the city proper and nearby the immense Kuwait International Airport -- another smart move, considering they moved a record number of passengers in 2007.