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Hilton Reaffirms Expansion in KSA from 15 to 75 Hotels

Hilton has reaffirmed its commitment to a 600 percent expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), creating more than 10,000 new jobs, as part of an ambitious expansion across the country, following a recent meeting between H.E. Ahmed Al Khateeb, minister of tourism, Saudi Arabia, and Chris Nassetta, CEO, Hilton.

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.

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 to GDP to 10 percent.

Hilton will also be supporting the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Your Future is in Tourism’ initiative, which aims to train and develop the next generation of Saudi talent for a career in hospitality. In the first half of this year, there were more than 148,600 Saudis who have already been trained for new roles in tourism.

Hilton will assist the programme through its industry-leading programmes such as Mudeer Al Mustakbal which has so far resulted in than more than 50 Saudi graduates enter senior positions at Hilton hotels.

The Kingdom has plans to develop 854,000 more hotel rooms, to be 70 percent private-sector funded.