flyadeal participates in 8th Jeddah International Travel & Tourism Exhibition

Prince Abdulaziz bin Faisal bin Abdulmajeed Al-Saud received a flyadeal aircraft model as a small gesture of appreciation for his visit.
Updated 05 March 2018

flyadeal participates in 8th Jeddah International Travel & Tourism Exhibition

flyadeal, Saudi Arabia’s low-fare airline, recently participated at the 8th Jeddah International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (JTTX) at the Jeddah Hilton Hotel. The annual event is highly sought after as a leading platform for the development of the travel and tourism industry in the Kingdom.
flyadeal showcased various innovative e-services listed on The website was designed with modern vivid colors to reflect the airline’s attitude and allows users to book their seats, select their meals and safely pay for their flight fares. In addition to the services offered onboard, the brand-new A320 aircraft offers one single-class configuration and a comfortable cabin of 186 seats. flyadeal currently operates a fleet of five aircraft and is expected to reach 11 aircraft by 2018 and up to 50 aircraft by 2023.
Visitors at JTTX can pass by flyadeal’s corner for a hands-on experience and a comprehensive walkthrough of the airline’s operations. flyadeal now runs 36 flights each day to five local destinations: Riyadh, Dammam, Qassim, Jazan and Abha. Moreover, the airline will be shedding light on its future plans and the expansion of its network of operations in the Kingdom.
“This opens up a world of opportunities for airlines and the overall tourism industry in the Kingdom,” said Con Korfiatis, flyadeal CEO. “The event is considered a hub for the exchange of the best practices and the latest in the industry, which is a focal point working in favor of the country’s development. Consequently, flyadeal is a fundamental pillar of the Saudi community and our presence here today is firm proof of our efforts to support the travel and tourism industry.”
“flyadeal’s participation at the JTTX offers new channels to gather feedback from customers and answer to their future aspirations. This also allows for a direct interaction with visitors and travel enthusiasts who seek low fares and want to know more about our diverse services. We wish all exhibitors and visitors a truly fruitful and enriching experience,” added Korfiatis.
Prince Abdulaziz bin Faisal bin Abdulmajeed Al-Saud inaugurated the exhibition and visited flyadeal’s section where he was welcomed by Amin Bukhari, people director at flyadeal. Amin briefly explained the airline’s major activities and diverse services that are carefully crafted to meet the growing demand for affordable air travel in the Kingdom.

Marriott fetes first students trained under Tahseen

The first batch of Tahseen leadership graduates at a function in Riyadh on Wednesday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 25 September 2018

Marriott fetes first students trained under Tahseen

Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel chain, celebrated the graduation of its first intake of students for Tahseen, a hospitality leadership training program to develop local Saudi talent within the industry. Created in partnership with Cornell University, Tahseen is focused on fast-tracking the next generation of hospitality leaders from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, by providing them with operational experience and a springboard to accelerate in leadership roles within the industry.

The company on Wednesday graduated its inaugural batch at a ceremony hosted by Alex Kyriakidis, president and managing director of Marriott International Middle East and Africa in the presence of Dr. Bruce Tracey, Professor at Cornell University, and the graduating class.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kyriakidis said: “Marriott International is a company that believes in putting people first and we are committed to giving our associates world-class training and the opportunity to grow and reach their potential personally and professionally. Our vision is to develop future Saudi leaders, empowered with the knowledge, skills and opportunities to be successful, and provide them with a fast track to management roles such as general managers.

"Building a sustainable and robust hospitality education program like Tahseen for our Saudi nationals, which nurtures and builds talent among the youth, is indeed key to our success.”

David Leman, the chief human resources officer, Middle East and Africa for Marriott International, said: “Over the past four decades we have worked hard to consciously develop local talent and prepare them to become future leaders in hospitality. Today we employ more than 5,000 associates across our hotels in the Kingdom, with almost 35 percent of them being Saudi nationals.

"We see an opportunity to strategically develop this further and are delighted to have partnered with Cornell, the university with the best track record globally for hospitality education.”

Tahseen was launched by Marriott International in Saudi Arabia in 2017 and the graduates have received encouraging results, paving the way for a wider rollout of the program in 2019. A total of 11 hotels participated in the inaugural program with tremendous support from all of the owners of the participating hotels, developing dedicated Saudi nationals into department heads.

Saudi Arabia is a strategic growth market for Marriott International and the company is committed to supporting and enhancing the tourism industry in the Kingdom with Tahseen. The highly individualized program created in partnership with Cornell University focuses on practical application across all departments as well as an in-depth understanding of leadership skills led by teams across Marriott’s participating hotels over a course of 12 to 18 months.

In addition, participants obtained first-hand experience through the Cornell e-learning platforms and a university-led development program tailored specifically for the Saudi nationals.

During the graduation ceremony, all participants received their Tahseen diplomas as well as a certificate in hospitality management from Cornell University, along with their new employment contracts from their respective hotels.

While there are many success stories, some remarkable results include candidates such as:

· Dareen Al-Zaabi, who will take on the role of assistant conference and catering sales manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh

· Omar Ibrahim Trmesani, who will continue his career as a director of loss prevention and human resources manager at the Sheraton, Jeddah

· Malak Abdulqadir Farhat, who will continue as a junior sous chef in the culinary team at the Ritz-Carlton, Jeddah

· Meshal Mahdali, who will continue his career as sales manager at the Marriott Riyadh

Tahseen is a program that falls under Marriott International’s new sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, which guides how the company makes a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business. From empowerment opportunities to sustainable hotel development, the platform is designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities.

One of the priority areas, or “coordinates,” of Serve 360 is Empower Through Opportunity. Tahseen is a program that directly supports and brings this vision to life.

Marriott International is the largest international hotel operator in Saudi Arabia with a strong footprint of 25 operating hotels and more than 8,000 rooms across nine brands including the Ritz-Carlton, Le Meridien, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Aloft, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton and Residence Inn by Marriott. With another 28 hotels in the pipeline, the company will add nearly 5,000 rooms, debuting new brands including Autograph Collection, Delta Hotels, Element and Westin.

Marriott International is currently recruiting candidates internally and externally for the second intake of Tahseen, which begins in January 2019.