Mo­bile tourism expo goes to Am­s­ter­dam

The two-day mo­bile ex­hi­bi­tion is ex­pected to bring more Euro­pean tourists to the Sul­tanate

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MUS­CAT: Oman’s Min­istry of Tourism is or­gan­is­ing a two-day mo­bile ex­hi­bi­tion in Am­s­ter­dam, as it at­tempts to bring more Euro­pean tourists to the Sul­tanate in the near fu­ture.

Oman has seen more than 110,000 tourists from the Nether­lands visit the coun­try since 2012, and is keen on fur­ther in­creas­ing the number.

Set to be or­gan­ised on Novem­ber 8 and 9, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with sev­eral tourism com­pa­nies and ho­tels, the ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for travel agents to meet with the tourism com­pa­nies of the Nether­lands to in­form them about de­vel­op­ments and growth in tourism in the Sul­tanate, which is lead­ing to the in­creased flow of tourists from around the world.

Salem bin Oday Al Ma’amari, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Pro­mo­tion in the Min­istry of Tourism, said that the min­istry wanted to or­gan­ise tourism events in Am­s­ter­dam, as it is one of the im­por­tant Euro­pean mar­kets for tourism pro­mo­tion. Sta­tis­tics show that the number of tourists who vis­ited the Sul­tanate from the Nether­lands reached 110,377 be­tween the year 2012 and the end of Septem­ber this year.

Promis­ing mar­ket

He said that all these de­vel­op­ments con­firmed that the Dutch mar­ket was a promis­ing one.

“It is a must that we should in­crease tourism pro­mo­tion in the coun­try to at­tract more tourists in the near fu­ture. This is an ef­fort in line with the plans to pro­vide more vi­tal tourism fa­cil­i­ties and make pro­ce­dures easy,” he said. “This is why the Sul­tanate de­cided that there would not be any re­quire­ment of tak­ing tourist visas in ad­vance from the Dutch and from some other na­tion­al­i­ties.”

“Such op­por­tu­ni­ties also give an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce travel and tourism com­pa­nies and the me­dia to nat­u­ral and cul­tural des­ti­na­tions, which is the main fea­ture of tourism in Oman,” he added. He said that there was a qual­i­ta­tive fo­cus on the pro­mo­tion of tourism by in­tro­duc­ing prod­ucts, fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices of tourism of the Sul­tanate.

Al Ma’amari said that the Min­istry of Tourism, through these events, wanted to pro­mote the tourism el­e­ments of the Sul­tanate, en­ter these mar­kets and es­tab­lish di­rect re­la­tions with them and un­der­stand their re­quire­ments and ex­pec­ta­tions.

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