MUSCAT — The Tourism Ministry organised at Oman Tourism College a workshop on the needs of the tourism sector entitled “Human resources needed by Tourism Sector and the Operational Plan Until 2015” under the auspices of Maitha bint Saif al Mahrooqiyah, Tourism Ministry Under-Secretary.
Al Mahrooqiyah explained that the tourism sector in the Sultanate contributes around 3 per cent of GDP and is expected to contribute to providing numerous employment opportunities for Omani youths, indicating that the Ministry has commissioned the World Tourism Organisation to prepare a study and an operational plan for human resources development in the tourism sector in Oman until 2015.
She added that the Tourism Ministry was keen on supporting the study group with competent Omani cadres of expertise in training and education tourism, explaining that the operational plan for the study has identified a road map to address the challenges facing the plans of training, and Omanisation programmes in this sector.
The Tourism Ministry Under-Secretary explained that the success of the proposed operational plan requires from the specialised government authorities to develop programmes to raise awareness among youth of Oman to publicise career opportunities offered by the tourism sector.
It also requires the development of the level of tourism education and training with the aim of raising the quality of the output of educational institutions and training, stressing that the Tourism Ministry, in co-ordination with the Manpower Ministry will submit the recommendations of the study and the workshop to the appropriate authorities of the Government for approval and implementation. — ONA