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Saudi Arabia Launches One Of The World's Biggest Investments In Next Generation Of Tourism Professionals
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Saudi Arabia to invest $100m in training over 100,000 young people for tourism
- 'Tourism Trailblazers' to develop trainees at all career levels
- Program is supported by top global tourism training schools

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Tourism has today launched a new program to equip 
100,000 young Saudis with the key hospitality skills needed to pursue careers 
in the Kingdom's flourishing tourism industry.

Launched by His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Saudi Arabia 
at the 116th session of the World Tourism Organization's Executive Council in 
Jeddah, 'Tourism Trailblazers' will provide in-depth global experience to the 
tourism industry's future leaders.

The program aims to train 100,000 Saudis during 2022. The campaign kicked off 
in late 2020 with the launch of a new human capital development strategy in the 
Kingdom's burgeoning tourism industry, which aims to attract more Saudi 
nationals to the sector.

His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism, Saudi Arabia, said: "It 
is vital that we invest in our youth now. Creating a skilled workforce with the 
talent and ambition to support and drive the tourism sector regionally and 
globally is key to realising Vision 2030. This program demonstrates our 
commitment to empowering young people by providing them with right skills, 
support and opportunities to shape the future of the tourism industry."

According to His Excellency, the program has three main objectives that aim to 
nurture, develop and support talent in the industry. It seeks to spread a 
culture of professionalism, help nascent professionals gain the knowledge and 
qualifications needed to break into the industry, and support their success 
through refinement of their skills. The program will help trainees to secure 
jobs within the sector, including seasonal, part-time, or full-time 
opportunities across the Kingdom.

His Excellency further stressed that this and other initiatives are geared 
towards delivering on the National Tourism Strategy and Saudi Vision 2030 
targets, including the creation of one million new jobs in tourism by 2030.

Mohammed Bushnag, Deputy Minister, Human Capital said: "A financial investment 
of this size shows our determination to equip our youth with the tools they 
need to suceed. Three quarters of Saudi nationals now consider the tourism 
industry as a viable career option. Supporting the dreams of our Tourism 
Trailblazers and enabling their continued education at the best global schools, 
is vital as we continue to emerge as a global player in the sector."

Participants in the program are set to benefit from training scholarships at 
leading global institutions in France, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Australia, and 
Italy. Applications will be accepted not only from fresh graduates, but also 
from Saudis who already work within the industry and those who aspire to start 
a career in the tourism, hospitality, culinary, service, and sales fields.

His Excellency added that the highly specialized programs will empower 
scholarship trainees by equipping them with the skills and qualifications 
required to confidently enter the labor market.

His Excellency added that the highly specialized programs will empower 
scholarship trainees by equipping them with the skills and qualifications 
required to confidently enter the labor market.

About the Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Tourism leads the Saudi Tourism ecosystem, with 
support from the Saudi Tourism Authority and the Tourism Development Fund. The 
Ministry sets the Kingdom's tourism sector strategy and is responsible for the 
development of policies and regulations, developing human capital, gathering 
statistics, and attracting investment. 

It works in partnership with the Saudi Tourism Authority, which promotes Saudi 
Arabia as a global tourism destination, and the Tourism Development Fund, which 
executes the Ministry's investment strategy by providing funding for the 
sector's development.

Headed by His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, the Ministry was founded in February 
2020, following the opening of Saudi Arabia to international leisure tourists 
for the first time in its history in 2019.  Saudi Arabia aims to welcome 100 
million tourism visits by 2030, increasing the sector's contribution to GDP 
from 3% to 10%.

About the United Nations World Tourism Organization 
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible 
for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible 

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO 
promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and 
environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in 
advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

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Source: Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia