More than 30% of Intercontinental Hotel Group’s staff in Saudi are locals

The hotel group is keen on increasing their female workforce too

CEO, EMEA of IHG Kenneth Macpherson
CEO, EMEA of IHG Kenneth Macpherson

More than 30% of Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) staff in Saudi Arabia are locals, the group’s CEO, EMEA of IHG Kenneth Macpherson told Hotelier Middle East.

Speaking about the situation, Macpherson said: “The focus on Saudisation is happening now. According to the requirements we have got to have more Saudi locals in the hospitality industry; we’re at the forefront of that.

“We’re focusing on Saudi youth and we’re pushing for more of their leadership on our properties,” he said, adding, “More than 30% of our total workforce in the KSA are Saudis. It’s a good thing to support local talent and we’re embracing it.”

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As the conversation steers towards diversity, or a lack of it in the hospitality industry, Macpherson said: “We talk a lot about how we can increase diversity at IHG. We’re actually doing really well in that aspect, for instance, two of our four managing units are headed by MD’s who are women, that alone is 50% of the top management."

The hotel group is also keen on hiring more women in Saudi. “More than 6% of our workforce in Saudi are women. We do have several programmes to accelerate female talent in the industry.”

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