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Almost Half of Saudi Arabia Tourism Employees are Women

image courtesy of SPA
image courtesy of SPA
Written by Linda Hohnholz

Vice Minister of Tourism Princess Haifa bint Mohammed bin Saud bin Khalid announced that 925,000 individuals are currently employed in the tourism sector, with 45% of them being women.

She highlighted their tireless efforts in empowering human capital and building capabilities and skills for the present and future.

 This was revealed during her participation in the ‘Creating a Future-proof Workforce in the Tourism Industry and Beyond’ dialogue session, which was part of the Human Capacity Initiative Conference held in Riyadh. Other participants included the CEO of the Metaverse Institute, Dr. Christina Yan Zhang, founder and CEO of EXTREME International; Alistair Gosling, founder of the Darent application; Hanin Al-Subaie, and founder of Pangea Tourism and Adventure Company; Mohammed Al-Mulhim.

 The vice minister stressed that, according to the World Economic Forum, 33% of global jobs will be transformed by technology, requiring reskilling and skill development. She explained that technology will play an important role in the tourism sector, contributing to entering new spaces and adapting technology; investing in technology and adapting it to the field will help those working in tourism to develop and advance, including data science that contributes to decision-making.

 During the session, the speakers emphasized that every city in the world is looking to develop its tourism sector and how it can use tools to attract broad segments of tourists. They stressed that virtual reality overlaps with the real world and that investing in opportunities in the field for the future is key. They added that better technicians are needed to make full use of these skills and to develop capabilities in dealing with modern technologies and adapting them to everything that serves human lives.