81pc travel, tourism jobs to go to Saudis

JEDDAH — The Supreme Commission for Tourism (SCT) plans to Saudise 81 per cent of jobs in the travel and tourism sector in the Kingdom within three years, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, SCT secretary-general.

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Published: Mon 7 Apr 2008, 10:03 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:36 AM

“The most important product of this sector is jobs. Today world tourism employs more than 220 million people and it is the largest employer in the world. We’ll train Saudis to fill at least 4,000 jobs in the hospitality sector,” the Saudi Press Agency quoted Sultan as saying in Riyadh on Saturday.

He said that the Kingdom’s tourism sector will soon become the largest employer of Saudis, and added that the Commission plays a big role in transforming this important sector into an organised and productive sector.

Addressing a graduation ceremony of the first group of 318 trainees for travel and tourism sector, in the capital, the Prince said that the travel and tourism sector will soon be governed by an advanced law. He added that the hospitality sector would be reorganised considering its important role in attracting tourists.

The 318 graduates began attending their training courses two years ago and they received intensive coaching in English language and learned various aspects of the profession.

Many of these graduates have already received job offers from travel and tourism companies, with Al Tayyar, Al Fursan and Kanoo taking the lead. Al Sarh, Al Ameeqan and International Tourism were among the largest companies in Riyadh to welcome the newly trained Saudis.

“We have been working on to transform the tourism sector into an integrated industry that would create more job opportunities for Saudi citizens, “ Prince Sultan said.

He said the commission would continue its training programmes for Saudis to meet the requirements of the tourism industry and of investors in the sector.

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