Saudi Arabia’s future workforce is more interested in careers in tourism, than they are in petrochemicals, oil and gas.
That is according to a study from The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), who conducted face-to-face surveys with more than 850 young Saudis. During which, TRSDC found future generations are more keen on ‘non-traditional’ sectors thanks to the effort put in by the Saudi Vision 2030 to diversify the historically petro-dependent state.
In total, nine in 10 (91 percent) young Saudis were interested in pursuing a career in tourism, compared to just over three quarters (77 percent) who were interested in a career in petrochemicals.
“We are only at the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s exciting transition to a new and diversified economy and future generations have a chance to play their part,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.
“A career in tourism or hospitality offers a range of opportunities like no other. From managing an international hotel group, to becoming a world class chef or entrepreneur, the sector has something for everyone. The Red Sea Development Company is at the heart of this emerging industry and once completed our destination will support 70,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs providing opportunities to people throughout the country,” he added.
A further 69 percent believe that sectors such as tourism and hospitality will become more important to the Kingdom’s economy than oil within the next decade. That same 69 percent were also confident tourism and hospitality industries in coming years will become a flourishing job market for nationals.
“Saudi Arabia has a long and rich cultural heritage, and the people of this magnificent country have the opportunity to showcase this and their fabled hospitality with the rest of world,” said Pagano.
84 percent of those asked believe tourism and hospitality would give them the salary they would need to sustain themselves.
“Our people are at the heart of our business and will be essential to the development of our ambitious destination, therefore it is encouraging to see so many young Saudis acknowledging the benefits that a career in this dynamic sector has to offer them,” concluded the CEO.