900,000 jobs in tourism sector by 2020

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JEDDAH – The Kingdom’s expanding tourism sector will provide 900,000 new jobs for young Saudi men and women by 2020, according to a paper presented at the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market held in Riyadh. “The figure represented four percent of total government employees in the Kingdom,” the paper said.

It also expected huge increase in the number of tourists visiting the Kingdom by 2020, adding the tourism sector would gradually reduce Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil revenue. The number of jobs in the travel and tourism sector grew from 8,381 in 2005 to 9,389 in 2007.