The implementation of Saudization in the hotel industry

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    Abstract

    Saudi Arabia's localization policy, “Saudization,” aims to decrease reliance on expatriate workers, but it has been more successful in the public sector than in the private sector. This study explores the issues involved in effectively implementing the policy in the hotel industry in Saudi Arabia, specifically four- and five-star hotels. Tourism professionals, HR professionals, and hotel managers were interviewed and hotel managers and employees surveyed. The research specifies criteria for the effective implementation of Saudization and identifies the issues involved in implementing this policy in four- and five-star hotels. It makes recommendations, which could assist in implementing the policy effectively in the hotel industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)222-246
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism
    Volume17
    Issue number2
    Early online date8 Feb 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018

    Keywords

    • Saudi Arabia
    • localization
    • hotels

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