By 2040, the tourism sector of Oman is anticipated to develop half a million job opportunities

Published on : Saturday, September 21, 2019

By 2040, the tourism sector of Oman is anticipated to develop more than half a million job opportunities, Omani officials explained on Thursday.


Tourism is one of the key areas of Oman, aimed by the government through its Tanfeedh program for financial growth.


“We have a national priority for the diversification of the economy, and one of the key pillars of diversification is tourism,” Peter Walichnowshi, CEO of Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran).


Omran works closely with the Ministry of Tourism in implementing the “Oman Tourism Strategy” as part of Vision 2040.


Besides generating half a million job opportunities, the vision also sets out to grow more investments in the country to approximately 19 billion Omani riyals.


“We also aim to increase tourism’s contribution to Oman’s GDP from six to 10 per cent which is closer to what the international norms are,” Mr Walichnowshi said.


Also, the airport of Oman is hoped to increase its job opportunities by 2040.


“We had 75,000 people in this sector in 2016, and hopefully in 2040, we will have half a million staff. This number will also serve job seekers,” Aiman Al Hosni, the CEO of Oman’s airport.


The vision targets to move the country away from its long-standing oil and gas dependency as sources of revenue.


Also, Oman’s private sector is needed to help increase the chances of a successive plan.
The government has several investment opportunities in tourism, Mr Walichnowski said. “There needs to be a move in this sector from an entirely government run enterprise towards a rise in private enterprises.”


Also, Oman is all set to boost up its renewable energy sector. In Aug, the Arabian Gulf’s first utility-scale wind farm, the 50 megawatts scheme in the country’s southern Dhofar region, began generating power.


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