Ministry of Tourism, Oman Conducts Three-City Road show in India….
By Ashesh Pradhan
The Ministry of Tourism, the Sultanate of Oman had recently conducted three road shows on 27th, 29th and 31st May 2019 in the Indian cities of Bengaluru, Pune and Mumbai. The aim behind this was to strengthen their outreach among the travel trade fraternity in India. In an effort to retain the growth momentum of India arrivals into their country Oman, the ministry of tourism of Oman along with destination management companies, attraction operators, hotels and Oman Air, the national carrier connected with over 200 notable travel and tour companies.
Lubaina Sheerazi, Indian Representative, Ministry of Tourism, the Sultanate of Oman, while commenting on the road shows said, “Tourism is on the rise and an inbound arrival from India has significantly increased in the last few years. India represents a substantial and vast market for Oman, given the high percentage of travellers willing to travel abroad and experience new destinations. We have been observing a steady year-on-year increase in tourist arrivals to Oman from India and are extremely pleased with the consistent growth. While Mumbai is one of our primary source markets, Bangalore, and Pune have shown immense potential as we see a rise in the number of outbound travellers from these cities. They are constantly on the lookout for unique destinations and Oman fits the bill perfectly.”
“Several initiatives have contributed to this growth, such as the introduction of short-term visa and electronic visa, direct flight connectivity from various cities in India, newly launched 5 Star properties, opening of the new passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport and more. In alignment with the 2040 strategy, the Ministry has taken steps to develop and promote a broader variety of distinctive experiences, with the goal of encouraging extended visits and greater engagement with the country’s culture and natural sites. The first quarter of 2019 has seen some prominent developments with the inaugural of luxury boutique hotel W Muscat, launch of Middle East’s largest aquarium in the Mall of Muscat and opening of the House of Musical Arts in the Royal Opera House Muscat,” adds Lubaina Sheerazi.