Saudi tourism sector set to be biggest employer by 2020
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Saudi tourism sector set to be biggest employer by 2020

Saudi tourism sector set to be biggest employer by 2020

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (Sama) has said the country's tourism sector is set to soon become the largest employer, with more than 1.79 million expected to be employed by 2020, Arab News has reported. In 2011, the tourism sector provided 670,000 jobs, 5.9% more than the figure of 633,000 recorded in 2010, Sama said. "We expect the sector would provide 841,000 direct jobs and 421,000 indirect jobs by 2015 and 1.2 million direct jobs and 591,000 indirect jobs by 2020," it said. Total spending on domestic tourism amounted to SR36bn in 2011, up 6.1% over the previous year, it noted.

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