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Shangri-La Steps up Hiring in Line with Expansion Plans in Asia and ME

Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.’s (Shangri-La) increased hiring activity since March of this year reflects the company’s expansion plans across Asia and Middle East.

The company is enhancing hotels’ performance by identifying new growth opportunities. Hiring increased with over 650 jobs posted in March and April of this year alone, of which around 20 percent jobs were for pre-opening teams, finds GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Ajay Thalluri, business fundamentals analyst, GlobalData, said, “Shangri-La’s high hiring activity since March 2021 is to plan, execute, and finalize new hotel and renovation projects. The hospitality company is expanding in new geographies by building teams for its managed hotels, notably in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Cambodia, and Australia.”

Shangri-La operates over 100 hotels globally in over 75 destinations and has a pipeline of upcoming hotels and mixed-use development projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Middle East. The company increased hires for pre-opening teams for its managed hotels in China and Saudi Arabia this year.

In China, Shangri-La plans to launch Qiantan in quarter three of this year and the company is timing the launch of Shoughang Park with the commencement of Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. The company is hiring across various functional departments, including job listings for multiple service managers for the hotels.

Hiring activity also increased for Shangri-La’s hotel and serviced residences in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jobs at the first Shangri-La in Saudi Arabia indicate that the company is looking to implement its sales management system, training programmes, and sales activity plans to maximize revenue market share.

Thalluri added, “Shangri-La is expanding in the Middle East where it already manages five hotels in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman. Saudi Arabia is the latest destination where it will be managing hotel operations for its long-term strategic interest.”