“Globally, tourism provided 330mn jobs in 2017. And according to World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism industry is expected to offer 440mn jobs by 2028. All over the world, tourism provides one in every ten jobs. Locally, tourism offered more than 16,000 jobs till the middle of 2019,” said H E Mehrzi at an event held to commemorate World Tourism Day on Wednesday.
The day was marked to foster awareness among the global community of the social, cultural, political and economic value of tourism and the contribution that the sector can make towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals.
Oman’s event highlighted ministry’s endeavours to train Omani youth to work in the sector, reviewed operations and programmes on tourism awareness, and a number of successful tourism industry SMEs.
H E Mehrzi highlighted that the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) doesn’t spare any effort in creating job opportunities to support the governmental plans aiming at employing Omanis in different economic sectors.
MoT also encourages local communities to practise and initiate all activities required by the visitors and tourists and promotes tourism and hotel facilities to support the local communities by providing employment to their members.
“There are big efforts under way for training the Omani youth to work in the tourism sector by providing world-class education, either in Oman Tourism College or the other higher educational institutions of tourism and hotel specialisations. This is supported by programmes and initiatives aiming at addressing the obstacles and challenges facing the Omani youth seeking job opportunities in the tourism industry,” said H E Mehrzi.