(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) The number of hotel rooms in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow by more than 300,000 whereas new 100,000 jobs will be created in the next five years, local media reported quoting a tourism and hospitality expert.
Deputy head of Hotels and Housing Units Committee at Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) said the number of Saudis working in the hotel sector currently stands at only 30 percent of the overall manpower
Most of them are working in reception, security and administrative works, he told Al-Riyadh daily
The local market needs qualified Saudi youths, he added
In this context, he appreciated the government support to the saudization efforts and Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) which has been bearing 50 percent of wages of many employees working in the private sector firms
However, the government has to follow up and redress job leakage cases in hotels and other departments, he said.