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Mideast hotels need more staff

New research claims that the tourist industry in the region will require 1.5 million employees by 2017.

Research carried out by Global Future and Foresight claims that the tourist industry in the region will require 1.5 million employees by 2017.

The increased development of hotels and tourism infrastructure was given as the reason for the demand.

This comes at a time when hotels are facing large HR challenges, such as competition for staff, an increase in living-costs, emerging economies now providing adequate employment at home, and the reluctance of nationals to take jobs within the hospitality industry.

Speaking at this year's Hotel Show Seven Star Conference, Judith Chalk, editor of Human Assets, Middle East said: "Simply recruiting the relevant number of staff in itself is not enough. Hotels that invest heavily in a sustainable HR strategy will be those who will achieve the best bottom-line results."

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