WHAT MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PRO­MOTE TOURISM OUT­SIDE MUS­CAT? IS THERE A LACK OF TOURISM IN­FRAS­TRUC­TURE IN THE IN­TE­RI­ORS?

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

There is room for im­prove­ment in terms of ho­tels. When out­side the cap­i­tal, we have to choose be­tween ex­pen­sive five-star ho­tels and the very ba­sic ones, but there doesn’t seem to be much in-be­tween. A vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple will pre­fer a ‘mid­dle-level’ ho­tel. That said, there has been im­prove­ment in trans­porta­tion with Mwasalat’s ser­vices. Tourists who visit Oman are look­ing for an authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. Peace, quiet and an un­hur­ried pace of life are what Oman of­fers. Our road net­work is top notch and new ho­tels are com­ing up to cater to tourists of dif­fer­ent bud­gets. The essentials are in place. Overde­vel­op­ing tourist hot spots would take away the authen­tic ex­pe­ri­ence. When com­pared to other coun­tries, Oman is easy to tour. What I mean is, there are 24-hour petrol sta­tions with con­ve­nience shops in most places, Traf­fic out­side of Mus­cat is light. Ho­tels are flex­i­ble with check-out times, peo­ple are al­ways ready to as­sist tourists, and busi­nesses are open late.

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