Saudi tourism authority seeks to boost number of Saudis in tourism sector

Mon, 2019-04-08 23:19

TAIF: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage
(SCTH), represented by the National Center for Human Resources
Development (Takamul), participated in the third employment forum
organized by the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation in
“Our objective is to raise the number of Saudi nationals in
tourism, and to raise local public awareness about the prospects of
tourist activities, which are considered one of the most important
sectors of employment for young Saudis,” said Mohammed Al-Boqmi,
the director of SCTH in Taif.
During the forum, Takamul representatives presented employment and
training panels to the audience. They also ran a training program,
“Skills of preparing and presenting CVs,” for young people
searching for job opportunities in the tourism sector.
Takamul cooperates with the Ministry of Labor and Social
Development to encourage young people to apply for jobs in
Recently, the SCTH’s branch in the Kingdom’s Tabuk region
issued licenses to three Saudi women after they underwent special
According to a Takamul report, since its launch 474 female students
have benefitted from the “Your Job … Your Scholarship”
program, and 9,631 have taken part in training provided as part of
the National Transformation Program 2020.
The report also noted that 205 female tour guides took part in
workshops run by Takamul, studying at 14 colleges across the
Saudi Arabia is implementing several measures to boost the tourism
sector. Saudi Vision 2030 places great emphasis on diversifying the
Kingdom’s economy by opening up different avenues.
The Kingdom is investing billions of dollars in sports and
entertainment as it seeks to reform and diversify its economy, part
of a wide-ranging Vision 2030 program introduced by Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman.
The country is hoping to increase the number of foreign visitors,
as well as encourage domestic tourism and create jobs for young
Formula E motor racing, WWE wrestling and world title boxing events
have also been added to the country’s sporting calendar in the
past 12 months.
Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority,
said this year that infrastructure investments in the next decade
would reach SR240 billion ($64 billion), contribute SR18 billion to
the Saudi economy and generate 224,000 new jobs by 2030.
Tourists will be offered special “event” visas to visit Saudi
Arabia as part of plans by the Kingdom to become a major global
entertainment destination.
The new one-off visas will allow foreign visitors to choose from
the growing number of sporting, entertainment and business
attractions available in the country.
Announcing the new visa category, the Saudi Cabinet said embassies
and consulates would be able to issue the visas within 24 hours of
receiving a request.
Under the visa upgrade, the Kingdom’s General Investment
Authority, General Sports Authority and General Entertainment
Authority will provide the Foreign Affairs Ministry and state
security with details of events at least two months beforehand. The
details will then be included in the visa system.

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Saudi tourism authority seeks to boost number of Saudis in tourism sector