Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery
Hot air balloons fly in the skies of AlUla. The hybrid virtual conference aims to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry and will take place live from Riyadh.
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Updated 28 September 2020

Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Future Hospitality Summit eyes tourism recovery

Future Hospitality Summit, a hybrid virtual conference to explore big ideas and tackle the challenges facing the hospitality industry, is set to take place live from Riyadh and around the world, on Oct. 26 and 27. It is organized by the Saudi Ministry of Tourism and the G20 Saudi Secretariat, as part of the International Conferences’ Programme, honoring the G20 Saudi presidency year 2020.

The event, which promises to be one of the most impactful gatherings of the world’s hospitality community, will be delivered on Bench Digital’s tried-and-tested digital event platform, providing an immersive live experience, including a virtual exhibition, one-to-one video networking, and integrated chat features for all participants.

A comprehensive three-pillar program has been developed in collaboration with industry creators, innovators and mentors, with particular focus on understanding the new landscape, collaborating and assessing opportunities, and innovating to recreate the industry’s future. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International; Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation; Gloria Guevara, CEO and president, WTTC; Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, Diriyah Gate Development Authority; and Anita Mendiratta, special advisory to the secretary general, UNWTO; are lined up as featured speakers, along with over 100 other speakers and thousands of attendees.

“As a country that is at the forefront of the tourism sector’s response and recovery plans through the G20 presidency, Saudi Arabia is leading the conversation on the future of tourism and will provide an international platform to bring the industry together at the Future Hospitality Summit. Together, we will map out the rebuilding of the tourism and travel sector and strategically plan a sustainable future for stakeholders at every level,” said Mahmoud Abdulhadi, deputy minister for investment at the Saudi Ministry of Tourism.

Jonathan Worsley, chairman and founder of Bench Digital, added: “During this difficult time, it is vital that hospitality professionals across the globe come together as a community to work toward the recovery of our industry. Future Hospitality Summit will not only provide a powerful platform to network virtually, showcase best practice and demonstrate thought leadership, but it will also prove invaluable in ensuring that the industry emerges stronger as a whole from these unprecedented challenges.”

Empowering tomorrow’s workforce and attracting talent into the hospitality sector — imperative factors in sustaining the industry — will be two of the key focus points of the hybrid summit. Developing a skilled workforce is paramount in order to quickly evolve and keep pace with the demand being created from the hospitality sector. In Saudi Arabia, for example, 253 new hotels are coming online by 2030. Consequently, Future Hospitality Summit is a forum to engage with the hospitality workforce of the future and promote the sector as an attractive career path.


PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification

PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification
Updated 19 January 2021

PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification

PwC’s Academy launches accredited CMI qualification

PwC’s Academy, the talent and skills development business of PwC, has recently been recognized as an approved center offering the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification in the Middle East. This professional qualification will develop core management skills, and enable aspiring leaders to acquire globally recognized accreditation.

Launching as a public course in February, the Level 5 diploma in management and leadership is designed to give participants the skills and competencies needed to become an effective manager. Live online training will be delivered through a flexible, bite-sized modular program over a one-year period. Upon completion, participants will be one step closer to CMI’s prestigious Chartered Manager status.

Amanda Line, partner at PwC’s Academy, said: “Leadership is required in all areas of an organization, no matter the industry, to set direction and unlock the greatest potential in teams. The CMI qualification not only equips participants with cross-functional management skills that form the building blocks of leadership, the fact that this is a globally recognized accreditation adds confidence to both participants and companies.”

The Level 5 diploma covers core subjects including finance management, project management, planning and procuring, and the principles of management and leadership. Participants can continue to progress through the CMI qualification by earning an award, certificate or diploma, depending on their professional goals.

PwC’s Academy will also offer Level 3 and Level 7 CMI qualifications as in-house training for organizations across the Middle East.

Winston Jacob, head of employer and partner provider relations at CMI, said: “Our mission at CMI is, and has been for the past 70 years, to raise the quality and standard of management in the workplace. We are delighted to partner with PwC’s Academy in the Middle East to offer a number of our globally recognized qualifications, and at a time that has never been more critical for the development of our future leaders.”