Hindi: Hotel sector facing ‘severe’ labor shortage

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AMMAN — Head of the Jordan Hotels Association Abdul Hakim Al-Hindi said on Monday that the hotel sector is “suffering from a severe shortage of Jordanian manpower”. اضافة اعلان

He called for training initiatives to prepare unemployed youth to work in local and foreign hotel sectors, according to a local news outlet.

The Vocational Training Corporation currently trains Jordanian youth; however, short training courses no longer than six months must also be offered, he said.

"In Arab Gulf countries, Jordanian workers are always welcome, because Jordanian workers have high competencies that qualify them to work in any job," said Hindi.

Occupancy rates at hotels in Aqaba, the Dead Sea, Petra, and Amman have been increasing because of recent government decisions, he said, linking this rise in bookings to tourism activity, the return of expatriates to the Kingdom, and events held recently in these areas.

Hindi explained that the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Tourism Promotion Authority (TPA) have changed their marketing strategy this year. This initiative has “reflected positively” within the sector.

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