First Saudi female GM in hospitality announced

Maram Kokandi the newly appointed general manager of Jeddah’s new Park Inn by Radisson Hotel.
Updated 16 March 2017

First Saudi female GM in hospitality announced

JEDDAH: Maram Kokandi is the newly appointed general manager of Jeddah’s new Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, setting another precedent for Saudi women as the first to hold such a position in the hospitality sector, it was announced Thursday.
Kokandi told Arab News she is glad “to be at the forefront of Saudi women’s participation in the hospitality industry.”
She said she is “looking forward to leading a successful launch” of the hotel. Part of the Rezidor Hotel Group, it is scheduled to open later this year.
The president and CEO of the group, Wolfgang M. Neumann, said his company is committed to empowering women in leadership positions, and the appointment is an “achievement not only for our group but for the hospitality industry worldwide.”
He added: “We are confident that this milestone, the appointment of the first Saudi female general manager, will inspire their women across the region to pursue their career aspirations in hospitality.”
Kokandi studied hospitality management in the UK before moving back to Jeddah to hold this position.
“We currently have over 80 Saudi females working in our company, and I want to help create opportunities for more Saudi women to join our industry,” she said.
Rezidor runs a program called “Balanced Leadership” to support female employees.
Boosting the presence of women in the job market from 22 percent to 30 percent is a main goal of Saudi Vision 2030.
Last month, three Saudi women — Sarah Al-Suhaimi, Rania Nashar and Latifa Al-Sabhan — were appointed in the space of a week to lead three financial entities: The Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul), the Samba Financial Group and the Arab National Bank, respectively.


General Entertainment Authority launches website ahead of Riyadh Season

Updated 14 min 17 sec ago

General Entertainment Authority launches website ahead of Riyadh Season

  • Saudi Arabia is organizing 11 festivals, or seasons, to boost domestic and international tourism in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) on Saturday launched a website dedicated to receiving applications from companies and individuals wishing to participate in Riyadh Season, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The website aims to give everyone a chance to take part in the season, which runs from Oct. 15 until Dec. 15 this year.
The authority also said that organizers of recreational events, volunteers, sponsors, photo enthusiasts, caterers and young talent were among those would could apply.
Application forms are available online and a confirmation email will be sent once forms have been received. A committee will evaluate and validate applications.
The GEA said people had until the end of August to submit their applications, and that they would be notified about their status no later than mid-September. It said only applications submitted through the website would be considered.
The Kingdom is organizing 11 festivals, or seasons, to boost domestic and international tourism in Saudi Arabia.
The seasons are also in line with the goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan.