Oman tourism witnesses major growth

Published on : Saturday, December 16, 2017

indexWith important projects like the Oman Convention Bureau and the new Muscat International Airport almost reaching the finishing point, the Oman tourism and MICE industries are all geared up to experience a major expansion in 2018 and further, according to the Sultanate’s Ministry of Tourism (MOT).

In a special interview with Gulf News along with the two-day Second UNWTO/Unesco World Conference on Tourism and Culture that came to an end on Tuesday, Ahmad Bin Nasser Al Mahrizi, Oman’s Minister of Tourism, said: “With the establishment of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC), the Sultanate has established its position on the regional and global map for MICE events. Oman lies within seven hours flying time of around 50 per cent of the world’s population, a geographical advantage that MICE professionals can leverage.”

Following the development in MICE tourism in the GCC in few years on the back of growth in the sectors like construction, oil and gas and tourism and financial industries, Oman got a period of long-term MICE growth, as explained by Al Mahrizi.

In general, the tourism sector of Sultanate has gone through significant development lately that showed in the influx in the main indices that measure progress in the sector.

“The number of hotels increased six per cent last year in comparison to 2015. Hotel rooms have increased 12 per cent while there was a 15 per cent rise in the number of tourists last year over 2015,” Al Mahrizi revealed.


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