Published on : Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Between January and June 2019, over 1.7 million tourists visited Oman, of which 597,009 were GCC nationals – topping the list of the five most important source markets – as disclosed by the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
GCC nationals were followed by 204,848 travelers from India; 102,325 visitors from Germany; 88,787 visitors from the UK; and 47,393 from China. Rise of 25.8 per cent in inbound visitors happened in general and was also recorded in June 2019 compared to the same period last year.
In June alone, about 119,000 GCC nationals crowded Oman’s leading tourism spots, accounting for a 46 per cent growth in comparison to 109,000 visitors who visited Oman last year. In light of the surge in numbers, the Oman Ministry of Tourism is currently aiming on sundry segments like adventure tourism, cultural tourism, family tourism and business and corporate tourism. Also, the ministry is working towards introducing more direct flights to and from Oman and diversifying tourism offerings to include leisure, travel and Mice segments.
To quote Salem Adi Al Mamari, director general of the Tourism Promotions department at the Oman Ministry of Tourism, “The significant spike in tourist numbers during H1 2019 is the direct result of our sustained efforts, which includes campaigns, initiatives and programs designed to raise the country’s tourism profile and attract investments to the sector. In line with the Oman Tourism Strategy to welcome 11 million tourists by 2040, the Ministry also conducted a series of initiatives, which we believe have contributed to this overwhelming response from GCC visitors. This will definitely serve as a boost to our ongoing efforts, and we look forward to further intensifying activities in partnership with both the private and the public sectors by launching new and unique attractions, services and promotions.”