Arsianews.com, Jakarta – PT Patra Jasa, a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Persero), formed a joint venture company with Saudi Arabia, Marei Bin Mahfouz Group & Co (MBM Group). The business of the new company is to manage and lease the hotels in Makkah and Medina.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pertamina Nicke Widyawati said, Patra Jasa viewed hospitality businesses in Saudi Arabia is promising. This is due to the increased interest in the muslim community, both from Indonesia and around the world, to perform the pilgrimage and umrah pilgrimage to Mecca and to the Medina.
Based on data of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia General Authority for Statistics, the number of pilgrims from the year 2015 to 2018 increased by 7 percent per year.
Currently, MBM Group has 15 hotels already operating in Mecca, as well as three hotels that are still in the stage of development. The 18 hotels consists of 4 four star hotels and 14 three star hotels.
“This cooperation not only business cooperation but also efforts to strengthen the relations of the two countries, ” said Nicke Widyawati in press releases.
Indonesia and Saudi Arabia relationship getting stronger in early March 2017 with a visit of the King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia which was followed by the signing of the memorandum of understanding by the two countries.
More than 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million population are Muslims. Saudi Arabia was among the first countries in the world to acknowledge Indonesia’s independence in 1945, and there have been regular top-level governmental visits between the two nations ever since.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Saudi Arabia in 2015. While during his trip to Indonesia in 2017, the King Salman pledged $1 billion for social aid there us part of a $13 billion package of let for business, education and religion.