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Pololikashvili said enormous opportunities exist for the creation of decent jobs and enterprises through MENA touris Pololikashvili said enormous opportunities exist for the creation of decent jobs and enterprises through MENA touris

Middle East Tourism Ministers Focus on Employment – UNWTO

Middle Eastern country tourism ministers recently considered the importance of tourism’s labour market performance.

The issue was examined during World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Regional Conference, which was themed Human Capital Development in Tourism: New Perspectives. The conference took place in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt on May 09, the day after 44th UNWTO Regional Commission for the Middle East.

The conference underscored how the sector’s direct economic impact goes beyond tourism, since improving the sector’s job quality and opportunities also contributes to the general economic foundations and resilience building. Around six million jobs in the Middle East are related to tourism and the sector is expected to grow strongly in the coming years.

Numerous politicians, government officials and tourism experts from across the Middle East looked at the need for a comprehensive and regular monitoring mechanism of the region’s tourism labour market performance.

Identifying enormous potential for creating decent jobs and enterprises through tourism in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO, commented, “Tourism human capital development needs to prepare the workforce through education and training and by embracing technology and digital solutions as educational and training tools.”