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Marriott reinforces its commitment to KSA

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Marriott International has reinforced its commitment to Saudi Vision 2030 at the inaugural Saudi Arabia Hotel Investment Conference (SHIC) 2018. Saudi Arabia represents the company’s second largest market in the Middle East with 23 operating hotels. Marriott International continues to nurture a robust pipeline with number of hotels set to more than double in the Kingdom.

Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International said: “The renewed focus and investment in the sector opens up a wealth of opportunity for Saudi nationals. Following a successful 40 years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we remain committed to our continued support towards growth of the tourism sector. Our Saudi Arabia growth plan along with the implementation of our programs that aim to foster local talent underpins this collaborative approach.”

Marriott International recently rolled out its ‘Tahseen’ program, a hospitality management development plan focused on fast-tracking the next generation of Saudi leaders. The students get full exposure to the business of running a hotel resulting in a managerial opportunity. Graduates experience six months of cross-exposure to all departments and six to 12 months of departmental specialization. The program is run in partnership with Cornell University and 32 participants were selected into the inaugural batch in September 2017.

Marriott International operates nine brands in Saudi Arabia including Aloft, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Le Meridien, Marriott Executive Apartments, Marriott Hotels, Residence Inn, The Ritz-Carlton and Sheraton. The company will debut three new brands including Autograph Collection, Westin and Element while consolidating its existing portfolio of brands in the country.