Hilton has reaffirmed its commitment to a 600 per cent expansion in Saudi Arabia, creating more than 10,000 new jobs, as part of an ambitious expansion across the Kingdom, following a meeting between His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, and Chris Nassetta, President & CEO of Hilton, in Riyadh.
The new roles, which contribute towards Saudi Arabia’s target of one million new jobs in tourism as part of the Vision 2030 economic transformation plan will be created as a result of Hilton’s fast growing portfolio of hotels in the Kingdom.
Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton, said, “It’s a great honour to be back in Saudi Arabia as we announce plans to expand our portfolio here with new brands and hotels opening in destinations across the Kingdom. I commend the work undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate the development of tourism and hospitality – this is a truly remarkable time for tourism in Saudi Arabia and Hilton is well positioned to play a leading role in Vision 2030 creating new jobs as we welcome visitors from around the world.”
The company, which currently operates 15 hotels in KSA, and already has another 46 under development plans to expand its operations to more than 75 properties, including the introduction of new brands such as LXR Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton and Embassy by Hilton.
This expansion will also support new tourism hotspots in the Kingdom such as Diriyah Gate, helping deliver the goal of 100 million visitors by 2030, and boosting tourism’s contribution.
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