Saudi Arabia will become “one of the biggest players” in global tourism according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, the president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
He made the declaration following news of the latest investment in the industry by the government, totalling SR3 billion ($800 million).
Tourism is expected to generate around 1.2 million jobs for Saudis in the period up until 2030, Prince Sultan added, in a report by Arab News.
The tourism sector has been earmarked by the Saudi government as a key driver for growth in the kingdom’s Vision 2030 economic diversification strategy.
“The travel and tourism sector is the second-largest Saudised sector in the country,” Prince Sultan was quoted as saying. “We embrace graduates to make their future in the tourism sector... not only to land a job.
“Currently, we have employed about 900,000 Saudis in tourism and related sectors. In fact, tourism in the kingdom is a big industry and a major job creator.”
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