Marriott International has made plans to reinforce its commitment to Saudi Vision 2030 at the inaugural Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC) 2018.
The brand has celebrated more than 40 years of presence in the country, with Saudi Arabia representing its second largest market in the Middle East with 23 hotels in operation.
Marriott International will continue to expand its foothold in the region with a stealthy pipeline, set to double the number of its hotels within Saudi Arabia.
Under the theme of ‘Focus on the Future,’ SHIC is taking place under the patronage of President, Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, at Marriott Convention Center, Riyadh Marriott Hotel.
During the event, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Alex Kyriakidis, will join CEO, DUR Hospitality, Dr Badr Al Badr and other hospitality leaders, to discuss Marriott International’s strategic support in realising Saudi Vision 2030.
Speaking on this news was Kyriakidis: “The Saudi Vison 2030 makes it a very exciting time for those working in or hoping to work in the travel and tourism industry in the Kingdom.
The renewed focus and investment in the sector opens up a wealth of opportunities for Saudi nationals. Following a successful 40 years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we remain committed to our continued support towards growth of the tourism sector. Our Saudi Arabia growth plan, along with the implementation of our programmes that aim to foster local talent, underpins this collaborative approach.”
Marriott International recently rolled out its very successful ‘Tahseen’ programme, a unique hospitality management development plan focused on fast tracking the next generation of Saudi leaders, providing them a springboard to launch successful careers within the hospitality industry. The students get full exposure to the business of running a hotel, resulting in a managerial opportunity. Graduates experience six months of cross-exposure to all departments and six to 12 months of departmental specialisation.
The programme is run in partnership with Cornell University, and 32 participants were selected into the inaugural batch in September 2017.
Kyriakidis concluded: “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the second largest number of hotel rooms under construction in the Middle East and Africa region. The first SHIC is validation of the progress the Kingdom is making with regards to hospitality, and highlights the country’s focus on this important sector,” Kyriakidis concluded.