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Majority of young Saudis interested in tourism rather than oil and gas careers: TRSDC study

RIYAD: More and more young Saudis are now interested in a career in tourism compared to other traditional industries such as petrochemicals and oil and gas, as they see the jobs related to Saudi Vision 2030 are the future, a recent study showed.

Nine in ten young Saudis, or 90%, are interested in a career in tourism, compared to just over three-quarters, or 77%, who are interested in petrochemical careers, the study by The Red Sea Development found. Co..

The research, conducted by TRSDC, as the developer of the world’s largest sustainable tourism project, is based on more than 850 face-to-face interviews.

They are now prioritizing jobs within the country’s strategic growth industries aligned with the Saudi Vision 2030.

Tourism is a strategic growth industry for Saudi Arabia and an important contributor to the achievement of its broader Vision 2030 plan. It is a job creator, an engine of economic growth and a vital bridge between cultures that promotes a better understanding and appreciation of this unique and intriguing nation.

John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Co.

Young Saudis recognize the importance of the tourism sector, with more than two-thirds believing that it will become more important to the Saudi economy over the next 10 years.

“We are only at the start of Saudi Arabia’s exciting transition to a new and diverse economy and future generations have a chance to play their part,” said TRSDC CEO John Pagano.

Young Saudis and their parents believe in the role tourism and hospitality will play in the country’s new diversified economy, according to the study titled “The Future Faces of Tourism.”

More than eight in ten, or 84 percent, believe that a career in tourism and hospitality will give them the salary and resources they expect to find to support themselves.

Two-thirds of young people surveyed believe the sectors will become more important to the Saudi economy over the next 10 years.

In addition, more than 69% of young Saudis believe that the expansion of the tourism and hospitality industries would provide jobs for Saudi nationals.

We pride ourselves on being a diverse and inclusive organization and understand that to achieve our ambitions we need people who embody these values ​​throughout the destination. By the time the project is completed in 2030, we expect the destination to support 35,000 direct jobs and 35,000 other indirect and induced jobs, which represents a significant contribution to employment nationwide.

Ahmad Darwish, Chief of Staff, The Red Sea Development Company


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