There has been a marginal increase in the amount of local nationals working in Bahrain in the tourism industry, rising to 17 per cent for the first six months of 2010.
At the close of 2009 the rate of Bahrainisation stood at 16 per cent, a low point for recent years.
Ibrahim Al Kooheji, chairman of the Hospitality Sector Vocational Training and Qualitative Control, stated that the number of Bahrain nationals within this sector has been cut in half, down from the 2001 figure of 33 per cent.
A number of factors have made the Bahrainisation drive in this industry cloudy, including contradicting policy matters, a foggy strategic vision and ideas taken to the extreme. The chairman also noted that these factors may continue to have a negative effect on the sector.
Al Kooheji stated that 8,173 foreign workers were brought into this sector last year, a sharp rise from the 3,881 imported in 2000.Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News