Cruise Saudi - a 100% Public Investment Fund-owned company driving the development of the cruise industry in Saudi - was a finalist for the ‘Investment in People’ category at the Seatrade Cruise Awards. The event was held on Wednesday, September 14th as part of Seatrade Cruise Med in Málaga, Spain.
Established in 2007, the Seatrade Cruise Awards recognizes leading businesses and individuals who help shape the future of the cruise industry for many years to come.
The nomination recognizes Cruise Saudi’s commitment to investing in people as it builds and expands the cruise sector in Saudi. The company has launched several training and development programs in the cruising and tourism industries such as the Ambassadors Program which was conducted in partnership with two local universities – King Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin – and enabled local students to gain practical skills through onboard training from industry experts with decades of experience.
Cruise Saudi was a finalist alongside the winner, Carnival Cruise Line’s DEI Learning and Community Initiatives, and Hurtigruten Group’s Black Traveler Advisory Board who were also finalists.
The ceremony took place at Seatrade Cruise Med – a key event in the cruise industry calendar which welcomes over 2,000 attendees from more than 70 countries and over 45 cruise lines from across Europe and further afield, making it the largest and only B2B conference and exhibition serving the Med and its adjoining seas.
The global conference was attended by C-level executives from cruising organizations who met to understand and discuss the biggest trends affecting the region as well as to explore upcoming Shorex opportunities, destinations and ports.
Speaking on the nomination, Miguel Reyna, Chief Asset Development & Port Operations Officer of Cruise Saudi, said: “We are pleased to be a finalist in this category at the Seatrade Cruise Awards recognized alongside some of the best in the cruising industry. Investing in people is a key priority for Cruise Saudi. As a company that is aligned with the Public Investment Fund and the Saudi leadership’s Vision 2030, we believe it is our responsibility to create new job opportunities for Saudis as they will be the ones driving Saudi’s long-term success.”