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Sultanate prepares to extend cruise operations to smaller ports to boost tourism in interiors

Sultanate prepares to extend cruise operations to smaller sized ports to increase tourism in interiors

The profitable cruise tourism season kickstarted early October with several mega cruise liners mooring at the Omani ports of Muscat, Salalah and Khasab.

To attract a lot more cruise liners and improve enterprise for the neighborhood tourism business, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) plans to extend cruise tourism to other ports, in Sohar, Sur, Duqm and Suwaiq. With the push, the ministry aims to take the vacationers deep into Oman, showcasing the genuine Arabian culture as effectively as spreading financial advantages to the folks in the interiors.

Currently, ports in Muscat, Khasab and Salalah are the 3 points exactly where all the cruise tourism requires spot. 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 significant function in the improvement of cruise tourism sector as effectively 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 common of Tourism Promotion, MoT, stated that the tourism sector in Oman has witnessed a outstanding improvement in current years and is regarded as 1 of the quickest developing sectors.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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