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Interview - Sebastien Carre, Red Sea Global

Interview - Sebastien Carre, Red Sea Global

Another in our series of Interviews with Industry Leaders attending FHS Saudi Arabia taking place on the 29 April - 01 May 2024 at Mandarin Oriental Al Faisaliah, Riyadh, we next speak with Sebastien Carre, Red Sea Global

BTN - What are your core areas of focus when it comes to investment?

SC - We pioneer groundbreaking concepts, ensure ecological responsibility and regenerative tourism, nurture talent, and leverage cutting-edge tech. Our commitment to these pillars ensures exceptional guest experiences while driving sustainable growth.

We are laser-focused on investing into educational and training programs, with our latest venture – The Red Sea National Academy – recently announced. This institution sits in the heart of our local communities and will help us train upwards of 10,000 young Saudis by 2030.

Previously, we funded 120 young Saudis to complete a five-year college program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Hospitality Management, which is accredited by the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), recognised globally as one of the most prestigious school in this field of study.

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BTN - What is your outlook for the hospitality industry in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East in 2024 and beyond?

SC - In 2023, the UN ranked Saudi Arabia as the fastest growing large tourist destination in the world, with an incredible 156% rise in international and domestic tourists when compared with 2019.

This is a pattern we’re seeing across the region, which experienced a 122% increase across the same period. The Middle East is the only region in the world to exceed pre-pandemic levels.

With international flights now operating between Dubai and Red Sea International Airport (RSI), we anticipate continued growth, driven also by expanding tourism initiatives in the Kingdom, increased business travel, evolving consumer preferences, and by the market impact of superb developments collectively placing Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.

The level of ambition of the portfolio successfully developed by Red Sea Global (RSG), and its degree of excellence, are disruptive in every way.  It will undoubtfully achieve significant market impact as the destination matures progressively. 

RSG is committed to leading the way in shaping the future of luxury hospitality in Saudi Arabia and the region through bold innovations, excellence and agility.

BTN - What does your panel/presentation/workshop at FHS focus on and what will delegates be able to take away from your session?

SC - We aim to inspire delegates to embrace regenerative tourism as a pathway towards sustainable growth and positive impact within the hospitality industry, while ensuring development happens in harmony with our environment.

We endeavour to leave our session’s attendees equipped with actionable insights and a renewed sense of purpose in leveraging luxury travel for the greater good of our planet and its people.

I’m excited to be able to showcase tangible progress in how we’re benefitting those living in local communities, and Saudis across the Kingdom, as well as making headway in expanding key habitats, like corals and mangroves, that enable biodiversity to flourish.

BTN - What are you looking forward to most from your attendance at FHS Saudi Arabia?

SC - As a speaker and sponsor at the FHS Saudi Arabia conference, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to engage with industry leaders, share insights, and foster meaningful connections. We look forward to contributing to discussions on the future of hospitality in Saudi Arabia, exchanging ideas with fellow professionals, and showcasing our expertise in the field.

Additionally, we are excited to learn from other speakers, gain valuable knowledge, and explore potential collaborations. Overall, we are enthusiastic about the prospect of shaping the future of hospitality in Saudi Arabia and beyond through our participation in this prestigious event.