Thursday, 21 Jan 2021
The sultanate will start to witness mega cruises lining its shores from October, kickstarting the lucrative cruise tourism season for the country.

Ministry of Tourism plans to extend cruise tourism to ports in Sohar, Sur, Duqm and Suwaiq

To attract a lot more cruise liners and boost company for the neighborhood tourism business, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) plans to extend cruise tourism to other ports, in Sohar, Sur, Duqm and Suwaiq.

Currently, ports in Muscat, Khasab and Salalah are the 3 points exactly where all the cruise tourism requires location. The quantity of guests to Port Sultan Qaboos, Port of Salalah and Khasab Port by the finish of 2017 reached about 221,800, compared to 217,100 guests in 2016, a development price of two.two per cent. According to MoT, about 110,800 cruise vacationers have visited in 2018.

The ministry stated it plays a main function in the improvement of cruise tourism sector as nicely as to market the sultanate as a location for cruise ships.

“In addition, there is a plan to work on the development of some ports to receive cruise ships namely, Sohar port, Port of Sur, Duqm port and Suwaiq port,” it stated.

Salem al Ma’amari, director basic of Tourism Promotion, MoT, stated that the tourism sector in Oman has witnessed a exceptional improvement in current years and is deemed a single of the quickest expanding sectors.

“In 2015-16, the number of cruises visiting Oman reached 230 and in 2016-17 it went up to 252. During the 2018-19 season, it is expected to reach a high of 260,” he stated.

He added that the sector’s development is promising, particularly with the program to rope in a lot more Omani ports.

Marhoon bin Said al Amri, director basic of tourism in Dhofar, stated that a big numbers of mega cruise ships flock to Dhofar annually, with thousands of European vacationers on board. He added that about 35-45 vessels dock at Salalah every year, with every ship bringing along 1,500 vacationers on an typical.

He stated that neighborhood organizations get a enhance as tourism organizations offer buses, in addition to offering tour guides for visits to well-liked tourist spots.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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