Tourism creates 1.3 million jobs for Saudis

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Updated 13 November 2016
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Tourism creates 1.3 million jobs for Saudis

RIYADH: Statistical and survey studies conducted by the Tourism Information and Research Center of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) showed that the tourism sector is one of the largest job-generating economic sectors.

It ranks second in terms of providing jobs to Saudis after the banking sector, according to a report in Aleqtisadiah, a sister publication of Arab News.
Job nationalization ratios in the sector exceeded 28 percent, indicating that the direct job opportunities in the tourism sector until the end of 2015 amounted to 841,000 jobs, while indirect jobs amounted to 420, 000, bringing the total to 1.261 million jobs.
The studies forecast, according to the working paper submitted by Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al-Nashmi, director general of the National Center for Tourism Human Resources Development (Takamul) in Jeddah, at the Human Resources 2016 forum, that jobs will reach more than 1.182 million direct jobs and 591,000 indirect ones, a total 1,773,546 jobs by the end of 2020.
Al-Nashmi stressed the fact that the initiative of SCTNH to establish an integrated center came to found a regulatory and supervisory body on education, training and employment in the tourism sector, and aimed to develop national tourism manpower capable and qualified to work in the sector.
He stated that these figures were achieved through joint efforts supported by more than 100 agreements and memorandums of cooperation that address mostly the development and rehabilitation of national cadres to work in the tourism and national heritage sector. He noted that joint work and efforts are ongoing to reach the objectives set in the National Transformation Plan 2020.
The Takamul general manager noted the executive regulations recently issued by SCTNH to organize work in the tourism and national heritage field, explaining that Takamul participated in the preparation of such regulations through the inclusion of articles that mandate the tourist accommodation facilities, and travel and tourism agencies, to nationalize leadership jobs, allowing a grace period ranging from three to four years according to the title mentioned on the list.
“The next step for Takamul will involve cooperation efforts with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to launch the job Saudization program directed toward a number of tourism professions,” said Al-Nashmi.
His working paper cited the center’s efforts and accomplishments in the areas of professional standard setting and building training packages for careers in the tourism and national heritage field, and in the scholarship program for national competencies to study tourist specialties through the King Abdullah Scholarship Program.
The paper also addressed the issue of supporting and stimulating the establishment of colleges and departments and institutes for tourism and for advanced training centers in the public and private sectors.
The number of tourism training and education facilities in the Kingdom by the end of 2016 reached 44 facilities, which served more than 4,000 students and trainees, compared to only 12 facilities in 2002.
On the training and development side, Al-Nashmi reviewed in his paper the efforts of Takamul in the preparation and implementation of more than 350 programs until the end of October this year in the areas of training, education and professional knowledge, and skills development for employees in the tourism sector, or the other relevant tourist service sectors, where the number of beneficiaries of those programs amounted to 7,200 men and women.
The paper also reviewed the initiatives to be launched by the beginning of 2017 aiming at supporting professional awareness and familiarizing the public on the promising future for careers in the tourism and national heritage field.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.