75 per cent Oma­nis travel abroad for va­ca­tion

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“Also the re­cent ease in visa pro­cess­ing pro­ce­dures by some gov­ern­ments to earn more rev­enue is paving the way for more peo­ple to travel to for­eign des­ti­na­tions,” he says.

At the same time, the Sul­tanate is tar­get­ing five mil­lion in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors by 2040 com­pared with the cur­rent 1.5 mil­lion.

Ac­cord­ing to Travel News Digest, af­ter a re­port pub­lished by United Na­tions World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Sul­tanate is in­creas­ing its tourism pitch in coun­tries such as China, Ja­pan, and Korea as it tries to cash in on the boom­ing Asian out­bound tourism mar­ket.

“We have found that there is a huge tourism po­ten­tial from China, Ja­pan and Korea. We are study­ing these mar­kets at this stage and will soon have a strat­egy to tap tourists from these coun­tries,” the Digest quoted Maitha bint Saif al Mahrouqi, Un­der-Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Tourism, as say­ing.

She also stated that Oman is also keep­ing US on their list and they are work­ing closely with na­tional car­rier Oman Air.

“These are big mar­kets, we have to do it grad­u­ally, and we need to have a con­nec­tion with the avi­a­tion sec­tor in terms of how tourists can get here. Oman has a lot to of­fer in terms of cul­ture and her­itage. These are our fo­cus ar­eas,” Maitha added.

Tourism is ex­pected to gen­er­ate over 6 per cent of the Sul­tanate’s an­nual GDP and pro­vide jobs to 500,000 peo­ple with a lion’s share of 75 per cent re­served for Oma­nis.

The govern­ment is look­ing to turn the Sul­tanate into a model of sus­tain­able tourism for the en­tire Gulf re­gion.

They are also tar­get­ing for­eign in­vestors, par­tic­u­larly from the Mid­dle East, the UK and the USA.

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