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Saudis build hotel school as tourism becomes second largest employer

Excerpt from Arab News

Jun 06, 2013 12:14 am

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Saudi Arabia has a plan to build up four more colleges as it seeks to strengthen the impact of its tourism sector both in providing jobs and attracting visitors.

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Al Ula in the northwest of Saudi Arabia. Retlaw Snellac / Flickr


Tourism has become the second largest employer of Saudis, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

The recent decisions taken by the Cabinet would have a big impact on boosting domestic tourism, he said, adding,“The delay in national tourism development has given us the opportunity to build partnerships, set out rules and regulations and implement a number of projects.”

Prince Sultan made this comment after laying the foundation for a new building of the College of Tourism and Hotel Management at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh yesterday.

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