Riyadh Government’s Prince Khaled bin Bandar recently inaugurated the Laureate College for Tourism and Hospitality in the Salahudeen district of the capital, as reported in Arab News. It is the first form of institutional learning of its kind in the country and one of seven colleges to be built across the country as part of the ambitious long-term strategy of the government.
With a capacity of 2,000 students in 48 classrooms, the new hospitality institution will provide tourism-related education and training programs to be applied worldwide in English for many of the disciplines that meet the needs of the labor market.
The event was attended by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), and Minister of Labor Adel Fakeih.
“Tourism is an important economic sector and promises business opportunities” said Prince Khaled.
Prince Sultan said: “What distinguishes the tourism sector is that it provides a great number of jobs, especially to citizens.” He added that various Saudi hotels have assured him that Saudi youth have enjoyed gaining skills in the tourism industry. The SCTA president disagreed with those who say that Saudis don’t like to work. “Saudis are known for their achievements as business owners,” he noted.
LPrince Khaled, who is also chairman of the Board of Tourism Development in the region, said that the new college will contribute to creating job opportunities in the capital. “It will play a role in the rehabilitation of Saudi cadres to take up jobs in the field of tourism and hospitality.”
He spoke highly of the roles of the SCTA , the Ministry of Labor and the General Organization for Technical and Vocational Training (TVTC) in encouraging young Saudis to work in this important industry.
Source: Travel Daily