Jumeirah Group seeks hotel staffJumeirah Group seeks hotel staff
To sign MoU with Hotel School:
One of the world’s largest hotel chains, Jumeirah Group will sign a
Memorandum of Understanding with the Hotel School of Colombo to train
hotel staff for the international chain.
World’s only seven star hotel
Burj Al Arab in Dubai
The Hotel group that owns and operates world’s only seven star hotel
Burj Al Arab has estimated that they need 60,000 employees in the next
five years for their hotels.
To meet this demand, the group has already set up a hotel school in
The Sri Lanka Hotels School is operating under capacity training only
around 500 whereas it could train over 1200.
In addition construction of another hotel school in Kandy, which
could train a further 1,000, is under way.
The Dubai-based international hospitality firm Jumeirah Group manages
about 10 luxury hotels and resorts primarily in the Middle East, but
also in London (the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel),
and the US (it acquired the Essex House in New York’s Central Park South
in 2006 and renamed it the Jumeirah Essex House). Jumeirah, which began
operations in 1997, is a member of Dubai Holding, a collection of
Dubai-based businesses and projects.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Faizer Mustapha met the CEO of the group
Guy Crawford and offered that they could also use the service of the Sri
Lankan Hotels School. “They were very happy with this offer as the Sri
Lanka workforce is very talented and approved this proposal. They will
now visit Sri Lanka soon to iron out the modalities of the proposal and
to sign a MoU with the hotels school,” he said. Jumeirah Group hopes to
recruit students from the Lanka Hotel School in the future.
Due to a series of meetings held with the Gulf private sector in
recent times the hotels have opened their doors to employ Lankans to
hotel back office operations. The income the Lankan employees receive
will be around Rs. 50,000 per month.
“We have already sent over 500 rural youth to the Gulf and expect to
send more than 1,000 next year,” he said.
Due to a series of promotions launched in the Gulf in the last two
years there had been a 30 per cent increase in arrivals which was most
welcome by the industry.
The investments made to Al-Jazeera Television to promote Sri Lanka
too have had a major positive impact on Gulf arrivals.
The Sri Lanka Tourism expects this momentum to continue and is
predicting this growth to increase to 50 per cent. “I am sure in the
next five years, Gulf arrivals will be the Number One to Sri Lanka as
there is no recession in the Gulf,” Mustapha said.