Thursday, 14 Nov 2019 | 17 Rabi Al Awwal 1441
Cruise tourism boosts Oman’s revenue: Ministry

Cruise tourism boosts Oman’s revenue: Ministry

According to MoT, every cruise ship pays much more than RO2,000 for the tourist solutions offered to it. Each vessel pays RO753 as port charge, whilst every passenger pays RO6.

Oman continues to see development in the sector with a considerable boost in the quantity of port calls by cruise liners at the 3 ports in the sultanate.

According to information by the ministry, a total of 298 cruise ships visited Port Sultan Qaboos, Port of Salalah and Port of Khasab throughout the 2018-19 tourism season. The ministry confirmed that the cruise ships have brought numerous advantages to the tourism sector in Oman.

The ministry expects that the quantity of cruise ships going to the sultanate would attain 360 throughout the 2019-20 season. The quantity of vacationers who came on board cruise ships in 2018 stood at 193,467. An official supply at the ministry mentioned that the cruise ships stopped at 3 ports for a day or two. He pointed out that the quantity of cruise tourism spending per day is about RO35, whilst the capacity of the ports to host vacationers varies from 400 to 600 per day.

He also elaborated on the sectors benefitting from the pay a visit to of cruise ships, “There are many sectors benefitting from visiting cruise ships such as, markets, museums, tour operators and taxi drivers. There are also indirect benefits of promoting the sultanate among the countries of the world.” The period in between October and April is the time when the movement of cruise ships increases.

The quantity of cruise ships that visited tourist ports of Oman throughout the 2017-18 stood at 192, of which 112 docked at Port Sultan Qaboos, 36 at Port of Khasab and 44 at Port of Salalah.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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