Hilton says it will double MEA staff by 2016

Hotelier claims it will recruit 10,000 in Saudi Arabia alone over next three to four years
Hilton says it will double MEA staff by 2016
Hilton Worldwide said earlier this year it has 41 properties in its active pipeline for the region.
By James Clarey
Sun 24 Jun 2012 11:11 AM

Hilton Worldwide will double its number of staff in MEA in the next three to four years, including 10,000 new employees in Saudi Arabia, a senior executive said.

Gareth Fox, VP human resources, MEA, told Hotelier Middle East that the group currently employs around 16,500 staff in the region, but will double that number due to “significant growth”.

“We will almost double the size of our portfolio in the next three to four years and, with that, we will probably double the size of our workforce."

Hilton Worldwide said in March this year it has 41 properties in its active pipeline for the region.

According to STR Global research, the company's expansion programme makes up 11.5 percent of the entire MEA hotel pipeline with 15,000 rooms under development.

The US hotelier has signed a record 20 properties in the last 12 months including six hotels in the Jabal Omar Development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, Hilton Worldwide expects to bring two new brands to the UAE with the openings of the luxury brands Conrad Dubai and Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah.  

In addition, the company will launch in four new markets including Doha, Uganda, Lebanon and Sharjah as well as extend its presence in Egypt by opening its19th hotel in the country.

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