Speaking to Muscat Daily, Dr Lubna Badar Salim al Mazroei, head of research division, Directorate General of Planning, Follow-up and Information in MoT stated, “Our goal is to make visitors to Oman get a one-time experience. For this, we plan to introduce the Grand Tour of Oman programme.”
As per the programme, guests to Oman will get the chance to pay a visit to the nation from Musandam to Dhofar.
The important elements of the tour will consist of luxury accommodations, specialised solutions, tours to distinct wadis, rides and acquiring the chance to encounter Oman’s culture and heritage amongst other people.
“So, it will be basically taking tourists to key sites across the country. We also plan to introduce an overnight stay in a dhow with luxury settings and getting the tourists to experience diving and fishing activities,” Dr Lubna stated.
She stated the move comes below the Oman Tourism Strategy 2040.
“By this time we are expecting more than 11mn visitors to this country. And, we will also have 80,000 hotel rooms.”
She stated that MoT is also concentrating on cluster tourism.
“We aim to develop 14 clusters by 2040. The idea of clusters is to have areas that offer a variety of accommodation options, attractions and other facilities. So, the tourists who come to visit a place will have everything they need.”
She stated the aim is not only to attract international vacationers but also these from inside the nation. Dr Lubna stated that the government desires to make Oman a best location for vacations, and MICE by 2040.
She stated that the ministry has played a main part in boosting tourist arrivals given that the 1990s.
“By 2011, the visitors were 1.4mn and it rose to over 3mn by 2017. There were 248 hotels in 2011, and the number increased to 367 by 2017. This tourism strategy aims to create half a million jobs, attract investments, and make a bigger contribution (around six to ten per cent) to the GDP.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily