Hilton partnered with the Dubai Executive Council, the Ministry of Economy and Tourism and other major hotel companies to host the recent inaugural Hotel Industry Decision Makers Group event.
The event was held at the Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah.
International hotel companies that Hilton is partnering with for the event include Accor, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Radisson Blu and Rotana Hotels & Resorts.
The first of its kind for the hospitality industry in the UAE, the event featured 100 participants including people of determination, HR professionals, employers, families, carers and representatives from associations of community organizations such as Al Noor Special Needs, Emirates Down Syndrome, ImInclusive and SEDRA.
The event provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences and aims to create an inclusive and conducive work environment for determined people in the hospitality industry. The agenda includes panel discussions from people of determination as well as employers and inspirational speakers, including Jessica Smith and former Special Olympics CEO Peter Wheeler.
“At Hilton, we are committed to creating a truly inclusive workplace where all our team members can thrive,” said Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, President, Hilton Middle East, Africa and Turkey.
“Partnering with industry leaders to launch this inaugural event is an example of that commitment in action. As hospitality professionals, we must lead by example and foster an inclusive workplace culture that empowers society and helps those of determination achieve Positive future.”
Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Hilton and other hospitality leaders to launch the inaugural edition of this important event for the industry, in line with our visionary leadership’s goal of making Dubai To be the friendliest destination and most livable city in the world for everyone.
“As the tourism sector in Dubai and the UAE continues to gain momentum, meaningful conversations among industry leaders on diversity and inclusion in the workplace are critical, paving the way for new initiatives that further improve the quality of life for people determined and Creating the right career opportunities within the tourism ecosystem. With the continued support of our stakeholders and partners, Dubai remains committed to providing an enabling environment to ensure that all aspects of our destination offering are inclusive.”
The World Health Organization has determined that an estimated 1.3 billion people (16% of the global population) – or one in six people worldwide – live with a severe disability and suffer from depression, asthma, diabetes, stroke, obesity or oral health Not in good condition. According to the United Nations, between 50 and 70 percent of people with disabilities of working age are unemployed in industrialized countries – and this figure rises to a staggering 80 to 90 percent in developing countries.
The consensus among panellists and attendees at the event was that organizations need to stop seeing the support of people of determination as a “privilege” and instead shift their perspective to make it Become a necessity and a way of life and raise awareness among workplace team members through regular training. In the words of Jessica Smith, “Disability isn’t just good for business; it’s the right thing to do.” – trade arab news agency