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Wednesday, 05 June, 2019, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

Oman Tourism conducts three-city India roadshow

Continuing its outreach in India, the Ministry of Tourism, Oman conducted roadshows in Bengaluru, Pune and Mumbai. As part of this exercise, the Ministry along with destination management companies, hotels, attraction operators and Oman Air, the national carrier connected with over 200 notable travel and tour companies.

The interactive platform with pre-fixed meetings allowed trade partners s to network and learn more about the diverse product offerings and experiences that Oman has to offer.

Commenting on the roadshow, Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Ministry of Tourism, Oman, said, “Tourism is on the rise and inbound arrivals from India have 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, Bengaluru 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.”

In 2018, Oman recorded 12.37% growth in Indian tourist arrivals with 357,147 travellers visiting the country vis-à-vis 317,844 in 2017 making India as the second highest source market. Keeping up with this growth trajectory, Oman has already witnessed a 17% increase in the period of January to April 2019 with 130,011 Indian visitors to Oman in comparison to 111,123 during the same period in 2018.

“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 five-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,” added Sheerazi.>
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