Oman Ministry of Tourism employees participate in ITHAS training program for tourism development

Published on : Thursday, May 19, 2016

tourism developmentA number of employees from the Ministry of Tourism have participated in a training program for developing growing destinations. The training program was held by the International Marine Academy for Tourism and Hospitality in Croatia between the 7th to the 14th of May. Many international universities have also participated including the German University of Technology in the Sultanate of Oman, this cooperation also highlights the heightened role of the university to provide the best class of educational solutions to the Omani nationals.

 

The ITHAS program included different lectures, site visits and workshops, as well as a unique program that aims to exchange knowledge between the participants and the trainers as well as knowledge transfer between policy makers and owners of different tourism businesses in Croatia. The program has identified the best preforming businesses and individuals in the Croatian tourism industry to teach the best practices and benchmarks to the participants from the Omani trainees.

 

This is the 11th time that the program has run by the Economics and Business Administration department at Zagreb University, this year saw 120 participants from different countries such as the United States, Portugal, Australia and Canada. The training program started with each participating country presenting an introductory seminar about their countries; showcasing the natural, cultural and historical features of each country along. The participants also presented the transformational achievements and the challenges that each country faces, which was discussed by the attendees from the other countries as well as the trainers and experts.

 

One of the main workshops that was presented was Green Tourism and its importance in a sustainable tourism strategy. The workshop focused on developing environmentally important locations and keeping the natural resources protected. This workshop included different ways on involving local communities and promoting sustainable tourism to the different visitors to the country.

 

Other workshops tackled providing an authentic experience to tourists, which means providing unique environmental, cultural or historic elements to each touristic attraction. This ensures that tourists have a unique experience and a deeper connect to the county which they would remember as a spectacularly unique experience. This was also talked about in the workshop talking about developing tourism to destination which are not very popular, which discussed the different ways in developing these sites and the services around these sites. Different studies have been identified and discussed to highlight effective ways to showcase the best aspects of each destination and attraction, as well as looking at different international reasons and trends that lead to a decline in numbers.
The program also took the participants to the different touristic site in Croatia to learn from techniques that were used to promote the Croatian attractions and destinations while preserving and promoting the cultural and traditional aspects of these locations.

 

The participants concluded the program by receiving distinction awards from the University of Zagreb.

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