Abu Dhabi: Swiss Belhotel International group is planning to expand further in the UAE and other GCC countries to take advantage of a steady growth in the tourism sector in the region, the group’s chairman and president Gavin Faull said.

He said the group had already strengthened its presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman and that it would push ahead with expansion in the region.

He noted that the Group, one of the strongest hotel firms in Mena, expects an economic upturn in the near future in the region due to massive projects.

He said the Hong Kong-based group would open 20 new hotels in 2015 in the Gulf and other countries of the Middle East, adding that this would further bolster its presence.