The implementation of Saudization in the hotel industry

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    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 4- and 5-star hotel industry in Saudi Arabia. Tourism professionals, HR professionals and hotel managers were interviewed and hotel managers and employees surveyed. The research specifies the criteria for the effective implementation of Saudization, identifies the issues involved in implementing the Saudization policy in the 4- and 5-star hotel industry, determines factors and makes recommendations which could assist in implementing the policy effectively in this industry.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)222-246
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism
    Issue number3
    Early online date8 Feb 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018


    • Saudi Arabia
    • localization
    • hotels

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