For Oman, tourism becomes top prioritya

Published on : Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Massive push in tourism both at home and abroad is making sure the future of Oman as a holiday destination.


Staycation deals with faster check-in services and its opening up new air travel routes to boost up tourism both in and out of the Sultanate.


As passengers who are baggage less and are travelling on Oman Air through Muscat International Airport will soon be able to benefit of fast-track iPad check-in services, those who are keen to travel abroad can enjoy direct flights to Turkey now, through SalamAir.


Besides, those who are interested to unravel the rugged beauty and unique landscape of Oman can make the most from discounts at up to 13 hotels in the country,
After Omran, the national tourism development arm of Sultanate has decided to introduce its ‘Within Oman’ campaign to endorse the domestic holiday industry.


Tourism has been marked as one of the key areas for further expansion under the country’s Tanfeedh programme for financial diversification, as Oman is geared up to move away from traditional oil-and-gas based sources of income, and towards a sustainable non-oil future. Besides tourism, the other high-potential areas for growth are manufacturing, transport and logistics, energy and mining, and agriculture and fisheries.


The move of Oman Air to introduce iPad check-in services to economy class passengers who are travelling baggage-free is considered to enhance the already seamless experience of Muscat International Airport since the launch of the new passenger terminal.


While talking exclusively to Times of Oman, Saleem Amanulla, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Ground Operations at Oman Air explained that they would be launching this service in the coming days.


“We are going to introduce iPad check-in facility for economy class passengers in early September,” Amanulla said.


“People with no baggage standing in the queue at Muscat International Airport will be picked out by airport staff who will then do an online check-in on their iPads, so queues will be shorter, and people won’t have as long to wait.”


“We are obviously encouraging people to go for an on-line check-in as we already have designated counters D1 and D2 at Muscat International Airport for online check-in passengers where all they need to do is a bag drop-off,” he added.


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