The Kingdom's tourism industry will create 1.7 million job opportunities for young Saudi men and women within the next six years, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).
Speaking at Jeddah Economic Forum on Wednesday, Prince Sultan also said the government and the people of Saudi Arabia pin great hope on the tourism sector that contributes 2.6 percent of the gross domestic product.
The SCTA chief disclosed plans to introduce a number of new tourism programs to create jobs for citizens.
The “Live Saudi” program aims at helping the youth to explore tourism potentials of their country while “Youth Tourism” help young Saudi men and women to participate in group-tourism programs.
“By the year 2013, the tourism sector provided 751,000 jobs with Saudis holding 27.1 percent of them,” the prince told the forum attended by more than 1,000 delegates including businessmen and government officials in addition to a large number of young Saudi men and women.
“Tourism represents the second largest economic sector, after banking, in providing jobs for Saudis,” the SCTA president said, adding that the tourism sector would soon become the largest Saudi employer.
Top executives from Saudi Aramco and Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) shared their job creation strategies with the delegates.
Khalid Alohali, deputy governor of SAGIA, said the Kingdom had introduced several measures to boost public-private sector partnership.
Motassim Al-Ma'ashouq, vice-president of new business development, Saudi Aramco, said young citizens were being given prominent roles to run and manage the oil giant's critical facilities. He highlighted the opportunities provided to Saudis to advance their careers at a time when Saudi Aramco making strides in the field of refining and petrochemical industry.
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