A study conducted by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) revealed that there is a shortage of national manpower in the tourism sectors. It also revealed the dire need in the tourism sector for qualified national cadres for the management and operation of the sector. The study has also reported that the most important obstacles that are encountered in national cadres are mainly the shortage in tourism education and training facilities and resources in this direction.
Noteworthy, in an effort to find a specialized body devoted to tourism human resources development in accordance with the latest systems and high international vocational standards, SCTA has launched the National Project for Tourism Human Resources Development, “Takamul”.
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, president of the SCTA, has stated that, human resource is considered as one of the most important factors of the success of tourism development all over the world.
Therefore, the tourism industry needs to qualify and rehabilitate national manpower to ensure the success of a tourism development plan.
Last year, SCTA, through “Takamul” had arranged more than 8,000 direct jobs in addition to tens of thousands of temporary job opportunities during seasonal events and activities. SCTA is also working in a productive partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Human Resources Fund, for providing 10,000 jobs to Saudi nationals in the furnished flats. Also, during the events of the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market 2010 (STTIM), SCTA received more than 4,000 employment requests in the accommodation sector and 335 requests to join the tourism and travel sector throughout the Kingdom.
HRH added that SCTA, in the field of training and education, created 26 specialized educational facilities – colleges, institutions, and tourism departments – across the Kingdom, besides concluding a number of agreements with national universities, the last of which was signed with Hail University. SCTA’s efforts in this respect included establishment of a Heritage Seat at King Saud University, as well as a specialized seat of tourism at King Saud University.