Bahrain localising travel sector

Bahrain's Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is inviting tenders from training institutes to train nationals in travel and tourism jobs.

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By  Shilpa Mathai Published  December 18, 2003

Bahrain's Labour and Social Affairs Ministry is inviting tenders from training institutes to train nationals in travel and tourism jobs. The move is part of the Ministry's plan to significantly increase Bahrainisation in the sector within two years. Quotations for training programmes are being invited to identify the most competent trainer in these areas, said manpower development director, Ahmed Al Banna.
"We hope to appoint an institute by later next month," Al Banna said. "Thirty students will be enrolled initially in the first group for the six to nine month course, starting in January. More groups will be trained in the coming months."
Travel and tourism is one of the four sectors targeted for Bahrainisation over the next two years, said Al Banna. The other three sectors are hypermarkets, furniture showrooms and car showrooms.
A special committee, which has been assigned the task of implementing Bahrainisation in the travel and tourism sector, will soon draw up an action plan, said Al Banna. "There are no accurate statistics on Bahrainisation in this sector, but it is estimated to be below 35%," he added. "Our target is to achieve maximum Bahrainisation , which could be met only if we have qualified Bahrainis who could replace the expatriate staff."
The committee held a seminar on the topic on December 6 at the Diplomat Radisson SAS Hotel. Experts presented papers, which focused on training of Bahrainis who are interested in taking up a career in the travel and tourism sector. Training programmes currently available in the country were reviewed, and plans to enhance them will be studied, said Al Banna.

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