Marriott’s Saudi hospitality programme takes on 37 new recruits

Marriott’s Saudi hospitality programme takes on 37 new recruits

The Tahseen programme aims to shape the next generation of hospitality leaders

Marriott International has announced the launch of the fourth iteration of its Tahseen leadership programme in Saudi Arabia.

The 12-month programme is designed in partnership with Cornell University and aims to develop the next generation of hospitality leaders.

This year, Bahraini nationals will be among the 37 new participants

Tahseen provides candidates with operational experience as well as theoretical training, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and expertise to accelerate in leadership roles within the industry.  

Each participant will go through a tailored 12-month programme focused on practical applications across all departments and an in-depth understanding of leadership skills led by teams across Marriott’s participating hotels.

Since its inception in 2018, more than 110 candidates have graduated from the Tahseen programme in Saudi Arabia and moved into roles within Marriott International’s properties in the kingdom.

More than 75% of graduates are employed at Marriott hotels

The class of 2021 saw 46 graduates, of which nearly half were women, step into leadership within their respective hotels and departments of choice

To date, more than 75% of the graduates remain employed at Marriott International hotels and have progressed in their careers across the kingdom in managerial, supervisor and director roles across departments including Sales, Human Resources, F&B, Marketing, Finance and Operations.

Francisca Martines, Marriott International chief human resources officer for Europe, Middle East & Africa, said: “Our commitment to investing in young local talent to ensure the success of the kingdom’s travel and tourism sector is unwavering. We are excited to launch the fourth edition of Tahseen in Saudi Arabia and look forward to developing the next group of hospitality leaders in the kingdom.

“We’re also delighted to see the continuous career advancement of those leaders who previously graduated from the programme in the kingdom despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic.”


Speaking about his participation in this year’s programme, Najd Alruwaili, now based at Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh as executive assistant, said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of such an incredible programme that will offer me the tools and resources I need to succeed in hospitality. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues in the different departments and learning how each department contributes to the hotel’s overall success.”

Tahseen is a programme that falls under Marriott International’s Sustainability and Social Impact Platform, ‘Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction’.

From empowerment opportunities to sustainable hotel development, the platform is designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and local communities. 

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